Peter d’Agostino, Professor of Film and Media Arts, Temple University, will present a preview his new video installation, World-Wide-Walks / between earth, sky & water/DESERTS at the Balance-Unbalance 2015 International Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, March 22 – 29. The theme of the conference is Water, Climate, Place: Re-Imagining Environments and it is aimed to provoke discussion and reflection on how the climate is changing and what our future might hold. At the conference, Professor d’Agostino and David Tafler will also present a paper entitled “Deserts: Crossroads of Natural-Cultural-Virtual Environments during Climatic Changes” on March 28, at 10:30 am.
Professor Peter d’Agostino’s project is conceived as a series of walks exploring natural-cultural-virtual environments in the four major deserts of North America: Chihuahuan, Mojave, Sonoran, and Great Basin. Walks in this Chihuahuan Desert preview installation include: soaptree yucca plants as testaments to natural survival in the desert ecosystem; fields of petroglyphs dating back to the Ancestral Pueblo period (c. 1300 to 1600 CE); and the location of the first Atomic Bomb detonated in 1945 preceding Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Read more about it here.
World-Wide-Walks have been performed on six continents over the past four decades. Initiated in 1973 as The Walk Series, the video “documentation / performances” evolved into video-web projects during the 1990s, and mobile-locative media installations in the 2000s. World-Wide-Walks explore elements of natural, cultural and virtual identities: mixed realities of walking through physical environments and virtually surfing the web. Current projects focus on climate change and the effects of global warming to address concerns for a sustainable future related to ‘glocal’ – global / local – ecologies. A catalogue, Peter d’Agostino: World-Wide-Walks, 1973-2012, is available at Printed Matter, NY and as an ebook – download here.