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Pens, graph paper, vinyl text stickers, DVD, monitors, surveillance camera and live projection, ground marking paint. 2006.
Washington State University Tri-Cities

Fields gallery installation view

Fields pens - close

The pens represent the location and amount of air strikes in Lebanon during July 2006.
What we know is determined by what we can see. What we see is determined by what we know. In a feedback loop, things seem to change, but it’s only based on the data that’s already there. New points of reference are excluded. If we can’t break out of the loop, we will be in a perpetual state of war with constructed enemies.
The outdoor drawing is based on a minefield map found on the internet. Would we stand for the production of mines if we had to deal with them in our everyday lives, like so many other people around the world do?
May subjectivity be collapsed by collapsing geographic space?
Unlike the map in the gallery, the outdoor drawing is non-specific: it’s based on a real minefield map, but the location is withheld. How is meaning created when we don’t have the context? How do we imagine remote spaces?

Many thanks to Douglas Gast and his students for installing the work.

dangerous area