Technological Landscapes

Fall, Spring
3 credits

Participants in Technological Landscapes are passionate but critical observers of today’s physical and virtual environment in relation to ubiquitous, integrated, and emerging technologies.

Throughout the semester, the group investigates new modes of creative inquiry relating to place-based practice including fieldwork and site visits, direct experience, interdisciplinary collaboration, and public art. Technological Landscapes fosters an open dialogue between creative research, critical studio practice and direct observation/real-world experience by forming research partnerships with individuals and institutions typically outside the world of art. Participants in Technological Landscapes have worked directly with the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center, NASA’s Airborne Sensor Facility, Stanford’s Linear Accelerator and the Naval Historical Collection at the Naval War College, Newport, amongst others.

Each year, participants identify, drive and facilitate the focus, research partnerships, and group excursions through conversation and consensus. Recent topics of investigation include (but are not limited to) the social and psychological impact of technological development in Silicon Valley; the intersection of land use, technology and ecology at Quonset Point, Rhode Island; the act of image-making as a means of understanding landscape; and submarine fiber optic cables and the physical manifestation internet infrastructure in the landscape. Each year the group locates and secures an exhibition space or develops a site-specific work within the site/topic of study.