TRANSCENDENTAL LANDSCAPE

A collaboration by Robert Boyd, Liselot van der Heijden, Ashley Hunt, and Thomas Peutz.

The synchronized three-channel video installation Transcendental Landscape, 2001, centers on two iconic towers set against the industrial skyline of Brooklyn and Queens, NY. Conveyed through three diverse perspectives, the installation depicts a condensed narrative of architectural presence, erasure and transfiguration-as the towers, natural-gas storage tanks which have acted as visual markers of the area for over half a century, implode and disappear. Long since obsolete, the tanks are evidence of a neighborhood in transition - from industrial wasteland - to working class housing - to artist flats. Seemingly unaffected by their destruction, the urban environment over which the towers once loomed continues on as before, immediately adapting to the radical reconfiguration. Remnants of a by-gone era, the towers function as symbolic witnesses to a utopic vision of convenience, consumerism and endless expansion.


The installation was created for the exhibition "Garden Built For You" that opened September 1, 2001 at Smart Project Space in Amsterdam.

Transcendental Landscape, 2001. 3-channel video, 10min. Installation view, "Garden Built For You", Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, Sept. 2001.