Cliff Dwellers (Drone Study #4) | ROBERT SPAHR


CLIFF DWELLERS: Started in 2014 with daily updates at 9:16AM, 11:16AM, 1:16PM, 3:16PM and 5:16 PM EST. Source: CCTV Cameras in the City of New York

A series of images captured from a CCTV camera in New York City are processed to produce a ghost like animation. Native American cliff dwellers were at the peak of their technological development circa the 12th and 13th centuries when they appear to have left quietly... Some theories include climate change, prolonged drought, topsoil erosion, de-forestation, and hostility from new arrivals. The Cliff Dwellers Cruft images are studies for the larger project Machine Vision: Images of Drone Landscapes.B

ROBERT SPAHR: I make visual art that spans computational art, performance, installation, painting and object-making, using collage, remix, automation, indeterminacy, and randomness to bear upon the computer and the Internet as machines that regulate and restrict just as much as they can be used to disrupt and resist dominant codes of seeing and being. Recent exhibits include the Generative Art International Conference, Rome, Italy 2013; PRISM Breakup @ Eyebeam, NYC 2013, ReFest / Art+Tech Festival 2013, organized by CultureHub at La Mama, NYC 2013; Neuromast: Certain Uncertainty and Contemporary Art, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT 2013; Interrupt II Festival and Conference - Brown University, Providence RI 2012; cgiv2011, Digital Art Gallery, Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization, Singapore, 2011; DRHA 2010 Conference: Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts, London, England, 2010. I am currently an Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.