mountainQuarry, 2013
interactive video installation

"For it is impossible for anything to come to be from what is not..."

-Empedocles (490-430 BCE)



The Seams of the Earth is an exploration into the aesthetics of Mountain Top Removal: a highly destructive form of coal mining practiced in the Appalachian mountains. Peering into the gaping cadaver of a mountain is an immediate, awe-inspiring, and monumental encapsulation of humanity's intersection with nature.

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mountainQuarry is a procedurally-generated interactive video installation built in openFrameworks for OSX. A randomly-composed cycle of destruction and regrowth is triggered by the presence of the spectator. Installation requires a mac mini, a projector, stereo speakers, and a PIR sensor equipped arduino.

video demonstration: Vimeo