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Farley Gwazda

“Model Earth”, 2012, DV, 11:48.

 

 

“Model Earth” is a video collage of many layers of highly processed animated gif files downloaded from science journals, research institutes, and professors’ nerdy homepages. The resulting imagery is syched to an original composition built from sound files also appropriated from the sciences, including radio astronomy, archives of early NASA missions, field recordings of animal vocalizations, and data sonification experiments, with an emphasis on noises that are periodic in nature and suggestive of musical structure. The source imagery was originally created as a concrete embodiment of data, a mathematically logical model, a determinate outcome of a computer simulation, or a rational result of the scientific method, but the artist was attracted by its otherworldly forms, its hypnotic movement, its psychedelic colors, and the digital textures which result from the ever evolving technologies used in its generation. The landscape theme emerged from representations of the planet from Earth Science, Geophysics, Climatology and Ecology, in combination with visual metaphors such as the mountains that appear in line graphs. Ghostly or otherworldly presences appeared when certain discrete biomorphic forms frissed with the mournful cries of animals in heat and extraterrestrial ionospheres. As our simulations grow ever more powerful, the uncontrolled wildlands are diminished. Our understanding of the world proceeds in parallel with its destruction, but we are mesmerized, intoxicated and transfixed.

 

Farley Gwazda lives and works in Berkeley, CA. Along with Indira Martina Morre, he is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Martina }{ Johnston, a non-profit, artist run house gallery. He has exhibited his video, installation, and drawing works at the Berkeley Art Museum, Krowswork, and the Royal Nonesuch Galleries. He received his MFA from UC Berkeley in 2009.

 

www.farleygwazda.net

 

Link to promotional sample of “Model Earth” on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA9V4zVcUDM&list=PLF835374F264E35F8&index=1&feature=plcp

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