Jeremy Bolen (I), Jon Horvath (I), Yan Wang Preston (I)
Saturday, March 07 - 1:00PM to 2:45PM
This Is Bliss, Jon Horvath
This Is Bliss is a transmedia narrative investigating the vanishing roadside culture of a rural Idaho town named Bliss. The project is philosophically rooted in a broad consideration of how entrenched mythologies of place and traditional mythologies of happiness collide in a geography with a complex history of booms and busts that reflects the complicated history of American Idealism and Manifest Destiny. Through a thorough look at the landscape and its inhabitants, This Is Bliss contrasts romantic visions of the American West with its contemporary reality and considers how idealism is pursued on both a personal and cultural level.
Casual Invisibility, Jeremy Bolen
With the impact of human activity quickly becoming something that can readily be sensed, it has become clear that other kinds of human interaction will likely be necessary to mitigate some of the human impact, and ensure that the Earth maintains habitable. Many of these geo-engineering endeavors have unknown consequences including our ability to see the world as we do now. Casual Invisibility explores ways of observing the possible futures of a human altered planet that may alter our ability to perceive the world around us.
Yan Wang Preston