PIANOLA ROLL RIVERS
This series of works is the result of an ongoing enquiry into the experience of landscape and western strategies of mapping and navigation. Through a consideration of the map as a social actor with an agency of it’s own, it comes to light that this supposedly objective form of coded information can colour (and even dramatically alter) the human experience of that which it represents.
The Western map as referential ideal contributes to a contemporary over-reliance on the visual, a rationalization of space with colonial undertones, and a flattening of multisensory experience. These experiments with the translation of image into sound (and more specifically of river maps back into the time-based media of a Pianola piano) are attempts at re-presenting landscape in alternative, a-visual relation to the human body. This second transposition of the map to the roll, whilst lending the river a form more empathetic to its original state, also serves to draw attention to the incoherencies and hidden politics of visual representation.