Date of Submission

Spring 2013

Academic Program

Film and Electronic Arts

Project Advisor 1

Ed Halter

Abstract/Artist's Statement

A guided tour of the resort where I grew up, combining documentary video with the oldest virtual mapping system. The Aspen Movie Map stands not only as a landmark in the history of so-called virtual space, and quite literally as a precursor to contemporary paradigms of spatially managed data and interactivity via computer interfaces, but also as a key example of the increasingly militarized nature of the operative representation's of place. What remains of the project and its cultural resonance are a few short video demonstrations that the Architecture Machine Group circulated in the early 1980s. It is a remnant of, and portal into the past; its decay is a concrete reminder of the passage of time while simultaneously casting us into a future that somehow outlives us. Aspen is my response to this obscure media artifact and the physical landscape that defines its region.

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