Project Proposal : 5

Terra Preta

A six-legged wooden machine walks around a prepared space producing small white cubes and positioning them with care. Soon the cubes will burst into life and their perfect geometry will dissolve into a mess of green and black as the contents are revealed by the germinating seeds. The entire process is captured on video by CCTV.

The piece explores our myth of control through 3 timeframes – the immediate, the near future, and the distant future. A machine creates and positions cubes in a controlled manner, the perfectness of the cubes is broken by unpredictable forces, these forces develop in unpredictable ways.

An uncontrolled presence of life is often referred to as a wilderness environment and my piece is primarily concerned with the possibility of containing and passing-on the benefits of ‘wilderness’ through a technological process.

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