We exist in the interval between the massive Pleistocene lake that was just here and the lakes of the future yet to come.

The passage of time that separates us from waves that shaped the beach terraces within the Bonneville Basin is an imperceptible flash. The massive body of the Lake lapped continuously at this level for over 17,000 years — a minute frame in geologic time.

Our journey through the Basin follows still vivid traces of the Lake that exists today. It documents infrastructure (highways, military installations, mines, parks, suburban housing) constructed in—and because of—the lake-cut contours of the Basin. Infrastructures exist on surfaces that are conveniently flat, hard, filled with valuable minerals and commanding of scenic views—all thanks to the Lake’s current recession.

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Below the Line was a two week field-based research trip/performance work following the ancient shorelines of Pleistocene Lake Bonneville throughout the Bonneville basin (most of present day Utah) in May 2010. Lake Bonneville once spanned more than 20,000 square miles and had a depth of over 1000 feet. For two weeks we gathered materials to document and creatively respond to the ancient shores of Lake Bonneville, using photography, drawing, super 8 film, and GPS mapping/logging. The Below the LIne project was supported by a CLUI Wendover residency, 2010.

smudgestudio.org/smudge/with/Bonneville/BTL.html

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