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Andrew O'Brien - Drift Alignment

Artist Presentation

Saturday, October 06 - 9:00AM to 9:45AM
401 Design Building

Drift Alignment uses astrophotography and celestial navigation alongside traditional photography and video to present an alternative view of the landscape surrounding the US-Mexico border in southern Arizona. By drawing a connection between celestial phenomena and the demarcation of space, O'Brien seeks out new ways of visualizing the complicated history of the region. Drift Alignment explores how the land is made immaterial through reliance on vision and distance. The project examines the legacy of western photographic imagery and its impact on how we understand the concept of landscape today. In this talk O'Brien will present the project, a diverse range of photographs and videos that allude to astrophotography and to Spain's colonial expeditions in the area during the 17th and 18th centuries. Throughout the series, O'Brien attempts to use both technical imagery and subjective experience to examine the deeper ideologies that form the basis of our understanding of territorial sovereignty and the border region today.

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