Listening Party : A response to the work of Santos Shelton



In which we catalog the different spatial configurations of sites of material extraction (specifically mineral and elemental) and, through abstraction, reveal how each configuration corresponds to the physical properties of the mineral/element, its role in current modes of production as well as its intended use.

We start at the largest scale, that of the extra‐urban. Sites of extraction that are as large as the landscape itself. By using USGS National Elevation Data (NED) and scripting tools such as Grasshopper, it is possible to generate renderings of these uncanny landscapes with an accuracy of within 10 ft resolution. By removing the surface, itself and rendering the landscape with only lines projected obliquely, we abstract these places into pure spatial configurations. Allowing us to start to see that a mine is not just an excavation, it is also proportional to its surrounding mountains. Or that a dam is not just a wall, it is also the reservoir behind it and the valley in front of it.

Listening Party : A response to the work of Santos Shelton

Sound and story combine to add an audio dimension to Shelton’s visual work. Building on a practice she learned while studying radio documentary at the Salt Institute in Portland, Maine, Sarah's Listening Parties are a collective connection to one of our most intimate (and overlooked) senses. Think of it as a rare opportunity to sit in good company, close your eyes, and soak in sound.