TRACES OF URBANIZATION: REGIONAL LANDSCAPE PATTERNS VIEWED FROM THE AIR

By Sonja Vangjeli

Flight allows us to distance ourselves from the landscapes we occupy, to gain an outside view of the abstract patterns that cultures inscribe on the land, and be able to critically reflect on them. From urban centers, to logistical landscapes, to cultivated fields and remote areas, traces of urbanization permeate the globe in many different forms and intensities.Yet patterns repeat across distant and diverse geographies and cultures.The exhibition presents a series of views of landscape patterns in different regions around the globe photographed from the air. Framed through the airplane window and presented serially through the rhythmic structure of a slide projector, the images focus attention on the differentiation and sameness between the patterns inscribed on the land across different regions and geographies.The series of images invites viewers to reflect on the diminishing regional diversity of settlement patterns and the shifting relationship of contemporary cultures with the land. 

STEREOSCOPE: AN EXERCISE IN CALL AND RESPONSE

By Eunice Wong + Dana Kash

This January we spent three weeks in the Mekong Delta region of Southern Vietnam. With support from the Harvard Asia Center, we went to make multi‐scalar studies by drawing the productive landscapes of the Delta, too often represented in measures of rice and shrimp. Our investigations looked for the faint but definite relationships excluded from sociopolitical and economic conversations in the region. We went to see the Delta beyond what it produces; to generate an experience of Delta space, haptic and phenomenological. While traveling, we borrowed a working title from Rebecca Solnit, the blue of distance, a phrase that refers to things lost over space, through time. Because of the short wavelength of blue light, faraway things take on its hue. We wanted to operate with that yearning, without trying to close the gap, while maintaining legible and useful arguments through drawing. Returning home, we found in our materials the strength of the diptych and a loose interrelationship between image, memory, document, and text. stereoscope is how we continue to move through this space. It is an exercise in observation and patience. It presents the development of a structure for working with others and for trying to think through their space.