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Collaborative Chronographers of Ancient Lake Bonneville: Artists and Scientists Below the Line
10.18.2010, 8:11 am
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super 8 film still from Below the Line, a work in progress 2010-11

This Friday, October 22nd, FOP will be sharing images and ideas on the topic of chronography (the recording of intervals of time) at the 2010 Southeastern College Art Conference in Richmond, Virginia. Our presentation will be part of a panel entitled: Synergy: Collaborations between Art and Science and chaired by Erika Osborne and Keith D. Waddington.

We’ll be talking about Below the Line, our project and residency from last summer.


super 8 film still from Below the Line, a work in progress 2010-11

For this expedition we traveled the strandline (the high water mark) of ancient Lake Bonneville—a lake that once covered 20,000 square miles of the Great Basin. We’ll be showing photography, video, and film stills that visualize three distinct, yet intersecting “chronographic lines” that we creatively responded to during our trip.


super 8 film still from Below the Line, a work in progress 2010-11

The first chronographic line is Lake Bonneville’s strandline, which we saw as a measure and record of time intervals—carved, literally, into the landscape all around the Bonneville Basin by thousands of years of lapping waves.

For Below the Line, we also considered ourselves to be working in collaboration with geologist-author G.K. Gilbert and the illustrator-artists of the seminal 1890 USGS Monograph Lake Bonneville. This Monograph is one of the first surveys where artists worked side by side with a geologist to image and interpret American landscapes. During our presentation we’ll be showing how we came to see the lines of pen and ink maps and illustrations in the 120 year-old Monograph, drawn by artists, as a human analogue for the stylus of a chronograph.


super 8 film still from Below the Line, a work in progress 2010-11

And last, but not least, we will show how, as we followed the strandlines of Lake Bonneville and the artists’ lines in the 1890 Monograph, we continuously collided with another set of lines: vectors of contemporary ecological, economic, cultural,  and military force and materiality.


super 8 film still from Below the Line, a work in progress 2010-11

We’re honored to be on the panel with a great group of artists and scientists. Our co-presenters on the Synergy panel include:  Jorie EmoryGretchen ScharnaglCatherine Page Harris and  Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart. If you’re a FOP follower and happen to be at the conference, please come to the panel and say hello.


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