Potter-Belmar Labs
Thirteen Views in Arid Lands
2011
two 16-minute video loops, 72"H x 42"W x 72"D

Installation View


A new series of 360° scrolling Southwestern American landscapes, shot in time lapse and presented in a set of custom peephole cabinets.

Our panoramas were made using an intervalometer and a robotic tripod head that we designed, built, and programmed.

Revealed in these vistas, clouds and weather spread through the sky, winds shake plants, humans and animals dart almost imperceptibly.

The videos, their presentation, and the pair of cabinets allude to the ancient traditional Chinese landscape meditation scroll, hand-cranked canvas panoramas of 19th century North America, the enormous panorama rotundas, and early penny arcade peephole spectacles. Text that appears in the videos was borrowed from reports and journals of U.S. soldiers looking for the last free Apaches in the Southwest in the 1880s, as well as quotations from the Apaches themselves, including Geronimo.

Shown at Artpace WindowWorks from May 12 to Sept 11, 2011. This exhibition is supported in part by the Texas Idea Fund and in part by The Cultural Collaborative, a division of the City of San Antonio's Office of Cultural Affairs.

 

Click on a panorama to see a larger version.

 

 

Three Rivers PetroglyphThree Rivers Petroglyph
New Mexico

 

Davis MountainsDavis Mountains
Texas

 

Devil's RiverDevil's River
Texas

 

Field UTSA
San Antonio, TX

 

Marfa DowntownMarfa Downtown
Marfa, TX

 

Marfa OutskirtsMarfa Outskirts
Marfa, TX

 

Marfa RaincloudsMarfa Rainclouds
Marfa, TX

 

Medina RiverMedina River
San Antonio, TX

O.P. SchnabelOp Schnabel
San Antonio, TX

 

SandiaSandia
New Mexico

 

Train TracksTrain Tracks
San Antonio, TX

 

Under HighwayUnder Highway
San Antonio, TX