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Steve Rowell: Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Virtual Event

Steve Rowell investigates ecology and post-natural landscapes in his multicomponent installation Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys (2013-20). The project’s title combines “remote sensing” (a method of data collection from the physical world via sensors and other remote technology) and “uncanny valley” (the cognitive dissonance caused by lifelike replicas of living things). Through the use of autonomous aerial cameras, air-monitoring sensors, and sound detectors, Rowell gathers and contextualizes media and data from the field. His presentation of this nonhuman documentation of animal behavior, plant cycles, waste, displacement, erosion, and other elements of the human-altered landscape investigates how we understand, perceive, and experience the environment through technology.

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Image: Steve Rowell (American, 1969). Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys, 2013-20. Image courtesy of the artist.

Event Type

Arts & Culture, Exhibit, Art, Spring Break


College of Design, College of Arts & Sciences, Environmental Studies, Geography, Sustainable Cities Institute

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public


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