Captured Landscape critically examines Silicon Valley, positing the region as
America’s “final frontier”. Focusing on historic and contemporary imaging technology,
Captured Landscape investigates how Silicon Valley (once known as “The Valley
of Dreams”) has redefined the limits of “seeing”; from Muybridge’s motion studies
to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope to NASA’s imaging technology.

Focusing on historic and contemporary imaging technology, Captured Landscape investigates how Silicon Valley has redefined the limits of “seeing” from the pioneering photographic work of Edward Muybridge, to the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, to NASA’s Airborne Sensor Facility. By focusing on Bay area sites embroiled in the history of data collection, optics and image making, Captured Landscape offers a myriad of perspectives through which to examine our shifting perception of scale as technology allows us to further envision our position in time and space. At the same time, it points to our absurd desire to incessantly record and capture. The end goal is to generate a series of cartographies of the region that exposes these technological infrastructures as part of a new landscape or hybrid topography.

Research studio Technological Landscapes (Digital + Media, RISD):
Researchers_Shona Kitchen, Alyson Ogasian, Claudia O’Steen
with Stephen Cooke, Vivian Charlesworth, Yun Hong, Timothy Wang