Aesthetic Rover

Custom Robot, five HD videos
Stills above from HD video
With David McDougall

The Aesthetic Rover project is a set of five high-definition videos documenting a sculptural robot as it intervenes in the landscape. To explore our technologized view of landscape, we employ a device that is both technological and disembodied: a custom robot that awkwardly moves sculptural objects through landscapes. Fracturing our perceptual field and causing us to consider the boundary between natural and unnatural, this intervention acts as a kind of aesthetic interference, literally colouring the technological view of the natural landscape with technology itself.

The project proposes an intervention into our contemporary view of landscape. In the modern world we have forever lost the experience of a unmediated landscape; we can neither arrive in, or experience, landscape in the ways that were possible before modern technology intervened in our relationship with nature.Our interest in these orchestrated movements is the tenuous, obscure and disintegrating line between nature and technology, and the possibility of visually amplifying this imprecise demarcation.

 

 

 


Documented in five HD videos, the Rover runs by remote control through the modern landscape, intervening in both the landscape and out our contemporary view, placing itself in nature as a device for aesthetic, rather than scientific, explorations, amplifications and interventions.