ANTHROPOCENE

‘The term Anthropocene suggests that the Earth is now moving out of its current geological epoch, called the Holocene and that human activity is largely responsible for this exit from the Holocene, that is, that humankind has become a global geological force in its own right.’
— - Paul Crutzen

Composited from thousands of digital files drawn from aerial views taken from internet satellite images, this work reflects upon the complex structures that make up the centres of global capitalism, transforming the aerial landscapes of sites associated with industries such as oil, precious metals, consumer culture information and excess. Thousands of seemingly insignificant coded pieces of information are sown together like knots in a rug to reveal a grander spectacle.

Questions of photographic and economic realities are further complicated through the formal use of patterns that have their origins in the ancient civilizations of Persia. This work draws upon the patterns and motifs used by Persian rug makers, especially the way Afghani weavers use the rug to record their experiences more literally with vivid images of the war torn land that surrounds them.

This collision between the old and the new, fact and fiction, surveillance and invisibility, is part of a strategy to reflect on the global order of things.

 
Las Vegas, NV,  United States of America 2009-10

Las Vegas, NV, 
United States of America 2009-10

 
Silicon Valley, CA,  United States of America 2009-10

Silicon Valley, CA, 
United States of America 2009-10

Fimiston Open Pit,  Kalgoorlie-Boulder,  Western Australia,  Australia, 2009-10

Fimiston Open Pit, 
Kalgoorlie-Boulder, 
Western Australia, 
Australia, 2009-10

Delta Coal Port,  Vancouver, BC,  Canada, 2009-10

Delta Coal Port, 
Vancouver, BC, 
Canada, 2009-10

Las Norias de Daza,  Almeria,  Spain 2009-10

Las Norias de Daza, 
Almeria, 
Spain 2009-10

 
Burj Dubai,  Dubai,  United Arab Emirates, 2009-10

Burj Dubai, 
Dubai, 
United Arab Emirates, 2009-10

 
1000 Chrysler Dr,  Auburn Hills, MI,  United States 2009-10

1000 Chrysler Dr, 
Auburn Hills, MI, 
United States 2009-10

Beijing International Airport, Beijing,  People’s Republic of China, 2009-10

Beijing International Airport, Beijing, 
People’s Republic of China, 2009-10

Mall of America,  East Brodway, Bloomington, MN,  United States 2009-10

Mall of America, 
East Brodway, Bloomington, MN, 
United States 2009-10

Three Mile Island Generating Station,  Middletown, PA,  United States of America 2010-11

Three Mile Island Generating Station, 
Middletown, PA, 
United States of America 2010-11

Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ,  United States of America 2010-11

Biosphere 2,
Oracle, AZ, 
United States of America 2010-11

Three Gorges Dam,  Sandouping, Yiling, Hubei,  People's Republic of China. 2010-11

Three Gorges Dam, 
Sandouping, Yiling, Hubei, 
People's Republic of China. 2010-11