Voice of the Landscape
A PALIMPSEST OF TIME AND PLACE
T h o m a s C o l e
Painter, Poet, Prophet
From Kaaterskill Falls
to the 21st-Century
An immersive installation that utilizes
the new brushes of the digital age
to take America’s sense of place landscape tradition
from its birthplace — Kaaterskill Falls
into the virtual realm.
visualization of the new century’s
experiential learning potential
through the hybridity of
art and technology.
- Lynn Small + Dennis Paul
Earth Elegies III
THOMAS COLE — from one of his notebooks
The Voice of the Landscape project draws inspiration from Kaaterskill Falls, the Hudson River Valley and the first public lands set aside for future generations - the Catskill Preserve in New York State. Since the early 19th-century, this area has served as a wellspring for American painting, literature, philosophy, and environmentalism. This major piece has been stimulated by early America's creative voice and our desire to transform the sense of place landscape tradition. Voice of the Landscape seeks a new fluidity of expression that morphs traditional art forms into the new digital realm.
During our fall 2003 joint-residency
fellowships to Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, NY the project was greatly enhanced
by utilizing the facilities at Skidmore College's Media Technology Center
and the Manuscript and Special Collections Division of the New York State
Library, Albany, that holds much of Thomas Cole's original materials. This
includes a fragile 1827 sketchbook - his first summer in the Catskill Mountains
- that was removed from the vault for our review. We have long desired to
digitize this rare look into Cole's creative process, thus designing an interactive
participatory virtual version that, when projected into the air, would allow
people to further enter the artist's vision.
We wish to thank those who so graciously assisted us in our efforts and, of course, all at Yaddo - where CoLabART was birthed nearly four decades ago - enabling so much of our collaborative journey.
Much as photography, film and video
have changed the fixed images of painting, the digital domain has radically
and forever altered the making of marks. This new palette of tools extends
the parameters of imagination and makes possible the ability to create a dialogue
among the visual arts, literature, the inspiring sounds of nature, and the
experiential world to be.
Often this work-in-progress — in development for some time — has been enhanced by technology's evolution. From its inception, however, it has always been our desire to seek an expression that speaks to our times - a new 21st-century beginning of America's sense of place tradition. Voice of the Landscape melds digital SoundScapes, video and stills while morphing the more traditional 19th & 20th-century modalities of painting, drawing, and photography.
A Look Inside
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Cole's and His Contemporaries
It is a subject that to
every American ought to be of surpassing interest; ... in
the midst of American scenery — it is his own land; its beauty, its
magnificence, its sublimity — all are his; and how undeserving of such
a birthright, if he can turn towards it an unobserving eye, an unaffected
—Thomas Cole. An Essay On American Scenery, 1835
this waterfall is the site of America's
first writings about the landscape
and the birthplace of its environmental movement
invites you to co-create with us in fashioning your own poem
Our poem The Tapestry Of Hope, which contemplates our individual responsibility
for the future well-being of the Earth, is one of the earliest pieces
of interactive literature on the web in 1994
To make it your own, use its phrases to fabricate a unique statement
Your poem will be emailed to us and added to an ongoing archive
We are still in Eden; the wall that shuts
us out of the garden is our ignorance and folly.
—Thomas Cole, Essay on American Scenery, 1835
Thomas Cole's 1827 Sketchbook
A Look Inside
No single channel video can adequately demonstrate the immersive quality of this multimedia installation. Our original SoundScape is a holosonic sound field presented with parabolic SoundSpheres throughout the installation space. The visual field environment morphs with the exhibition space and equipment encompassing multiple wall and floor projections playing simultaneously with additional feeds to LED/Plasma monitors. Voice of the Landscape will demonstrate the possibilities inherent in new projection systems as well as the interdisciplinary learning and interactive aspects of digital media modalities.
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