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“Geocosm” is a site-specific, pseudoscientific project blending methods of sampling and categorization with the ideas of experience and memory of place. It creates an archive of place and a language to question within. It was developed during my time of residency at the HEIMA Collective in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland.

Throughout the western tradition of science and inquiry, the idea of a “single unit” is a strong force. The mechanistic idea of separating these units, expecting them to function on their own as well as having the power to be the building blocks to matter or reality can be seen throughout history with Cell Theory and the discovery of DNA. The database applies this strategy and mentality to encounter and document the land in Iceland; a landscape of eternal flux and change.

Handmade wooden circle frames fragment the land into samples, creating their own little universes. I used this tool to take over 400 samples of the land in Iceland.

The plan for the exhibition is to print 100 – 200 of the images from the database in a variety of sizes. The images will be hung on a wall in an organic shape. During the exhibition a performative action will take place as I adhere either colored tapes or string to draw abstract or apparent connections between the images, the wall will become a “mental map”. But, like the function of real memory, the connections will be changed constantly.

The resulting installation will create an ever-evolving web, signifying the pathways and relationships involved in the process of memory, experience, and scientific inquiry.

Andrea Harris

“Geocosm” is a site-specific, pseudoscientific project blending methods of sampling and categorization with the ideas of experience and memory of place. It creates an archive of place and a language to question within. It was developed during my time of residency at the HEIMA Collective in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland.

Throughout the western tradition of science and inquiry, the idea of a “single unit” is a strong force. The mechanistic idea of separating these units, expecting them to function on their own as well as having the power to be the building blocks to matter or reality can be seen throughout history with Cell Theory and the discovery of DNA. The database applies this strategy and mentality to encounter and document the land in Iceland; a landscape of eternal flux and change.

Handmade wooden circle frames fragment the land into samples, creating their own little universes. I used this tool to take over 400 samples of the land in Iceland.

The plan for the exhibition is to print 100 – 200 of the images from the database in a variety of sizes. The images will be hung on a wall in an organic shape. During the exhibition a performative action will take place as I adhere either colored tapes or string to draw abstract or apparent connections between the images, the wall will become a “mental map”. But, like the function of real memory, the connections will be changed constantly.

The resulting installation will create an ever-evolving web, signifying the pathways and relationships involved in the process of memory, experience, and scientific inquiry.

Andrea Harris