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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Sunday Ballew

SPE Member since 2011
Member Chapter: South Central

Frontiers

Alaska undoubtedly inhabits a strong mythological cache in the American psyche. It evokes ideas of Wilderness and Nature and what they represent to us as individuals and as a nation. Having experienced and observed this place firsthand, I became interested not only in how these ideas affect the way that we view and place ourselves in nature but also how we interact with it. This project grew out of a strong fascination with the small cruise ship town of Skagway, Alaska. What initially began as a project about this specific place, became a much broader project about why people are drawn to such spaces - wilderness enclaves that represent archetypal ideas of Nature and Frontier and how the way in which people interact with them, in this case through the cruise ship industry, expresses some of the most elemental aspects of modern culture - our tendency to package, guide and contain experience, ultimately reducing it to commodity. This project also has a video component entitled The Queue.

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The Queue (Condensed Version)

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