Western Edge (Installation)

16mm transferred to digital video – single channel with sound – 2007

The first installation piece from the future so bright series, which surveys abandoned spaces in the american west, western edge is a cinematic exploration of abandoned boom-towns, pioneer homes, and ghost towns.

“Future So Bright” is a series of film/video installations that detail and document abandoned structures in the American West. Captured on 16mm film, transferred to digital video, and edited together with field recordings, the installations create a time capsule of forgotten and disregarded spaces, many of which are quickly being reclaimed by nature or new development. “Future So Bright” examines the disposable mentality of American Western expansion and takes note of the forgotten spaces and abandoned relics that are quickly disappearing.

The first piece in the series is the single channel video loop “Western Edge” which looks at the short-lived boomtowns and pioneer settlements of the late 1800s and early 1900s. From the defunct agricultural settlements to mining towns that went bust, early western expansion was marked by rapid growth and rabid abandonment.

The images featured in Future So Bright were originally shot on 16mm film using a hand-cranked Bolex movie camera. The film was processed and transferred to digital video for editing and exhibition. Principle photography took place primarily in 2006, and includes locations in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and California. A soundtrack of field recordings and follied sound accompanies the images.


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