Exhibitions & Events



Lost Prairie Valley

Planetary Bayou

Field Guide to Environmental Crime: Houston and the Oil Coast

Dead Zones

Extinction Simulation Landscapes

Lunar Mosaics

MacDowell Trilogy

Humans Lived Here Once

Whole Life Academy

Comfort in Hydrology

Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys

Water Castle

Radio Aporee Sound Map

Midstream at Twilight



Forest Threnody

Big Hill Petro-glyphs

Current State

Points of Presence

Brandenburg Series

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Sonic Boom Archive

Johnston Island Saturday Night

Suspension of Disbelief

Quantum Danube


Culpeper Media Bunker

A Doubting World

“... the floors of silent seas”

Background Listening Post

Regional Spatialities

Dark Places

Ultimate High Ground

American Oil Vol. I

Kleine Stücke von Berlin


Playas Townsite

Shepard Inversion Ghost


Shock + Awe

Gloom & Doom / Tactile Air

Routes of Least


Weather Radio

Site: Nonsite: Quartzsite

The Mountain Radio Project

Ballarat: Beneath Sentinel

CLUI Projects

Networked Nation


Urban Crude

CLUI Touchscreen

Texas Oil

Wendover, U.S.A.

CLUI Exhibit Posters

Pavement Paradise

Vacation: Dauphin

Dissipation & Disintegration

Terminal Island

Immersed Remains

Diversions & Dislocations

Emergency State

Loop Feedback Loop

A View into the Pipe

Ground Up

Nellis Range - Revisited

West Coast Points

The Best Dead Mall


Antarctic 1

One Wilshire

Alternate Routes

Proximity Issue

Back to the Bay

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Select Exhibitions & Events

April: Insurgent Ecologies group show, Antenna, New Orleans


September-December: Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston
July: Dreamsong, Minneapolis
June: Interview in Imaginations with special issue editor Emily Roehl
May: Midwest Film Festival (Comfort in Hydrology), Chicago
March: Whole Life Academy II congress, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Silent Green, Berlin

October: Watershed Art & Ecology, Chicago
August-December: Whole Life Academy II workshop, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
July-August: Overflow group show, Q.arma, Minneapolis (with support from the the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin)
January: Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys project premiere, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene OR

September: I Never Read Book Festival at Schaulager, Basel
June: Whole Life Academy II online group assembly, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
February: Ways of Reading Symposium, Kadist Foundation, e-flux, New York

November: Background Listening Post, Goethe Institut, Kansas City
November: Cold Coast Archive, L’Atelier, Nantes, France
September: NEW 5 group show, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City
September: Anthropocene River, group show, SIU Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL
September: Midstream at Twilight, Environmental Impact group exhibition, Hofstra University Museum of Art, New York
July: Midstream at Twilight, Stormy Weather group exhibition, Museum Arnhem, the Netherlands
May: Whole Life Academy: Archives and Reality, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden
March: Diagrams of Power, Onomatopee Projects, Eindhoven
March: Lineage and Impact group show, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City

September-December: Digital Trash, group exhibition, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University
July: Diagrams of Power, OCAD, Toronto
May-November: Indicators: Artists on Climate Change, group exhibition with Mark Dion, Jenny Kendler, Maya Lin, Mike Nelson, Mary Mattingly, Rebecca Smith, and others, Storm King Art Center, New York
May-September: Groundwork, expanded landscape group exhibition with Steve McQueen, Francis Alÿs, Manon de Boer, Janet Cardiff, Rosemary Lee, Sean Lynch, Christina Mackie, and Semiconductor, Cornwall, UK
March: How to Be in Two Places at Once colloquium, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, New York City

November: Texas City Landscan in ARE WE HUMAN?: The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years, Princeton University School of Architecture, Princeton
September: Midstream at Twilight Minnesota premiere, World of Matter Symposium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
March 30: ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Department of Architecture, Zurich
March 13-19: Parallelograms, French premiere, 2017 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin film festival, Paris
October - March: Parallelograms, Californian premiere, California Museum of Photography, Riverside

December: Parallelograms, conference & Dutch premiere, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam
November: Texas City Landscan in New Cities Future Ruins, SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas
November: Routes of Least Surveillance map (with the Institute for Applied Autonomy), New Cities Future Ruins, SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas
October: Houston Petrochemical Corridor Landscan (with CLUI), 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
September: Parallelograms, Pennsylvanian premiere, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
July: Midstream at Twilight, Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy group exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
June: Parallelograms & Uncanny Sensing (Texas Prototype), Swedish premiere for both films,
European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts annual conference: CONTROL, organized by Dehlia Hannah, Stockholm
May-July: Parallelograms, US Premiere, Start Here. Finish Here. solo installation, Spaces Gallery during the 2016 Republican National Convention, Cleveland
March: Texas City Landscan in L’image volee, curated by Thomas Demand and Manfred Pernice, Prada Foundation, Milan
March: Houston Petrochemical Corridor Landscan, Marfa Dialogues @ Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
February: Parallelograms, World, European, & German premiere, Transmediale festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

2015 November: Forest Threnody projection and sound event, Garrison Theater, Scripps College, Claremont
October: ARROWHEAD projection and sound event, Nelson Series panel on drought in California , H. Mudd College, Claremont
July: screening of "In the Best of All Possible Worlds", The Velaslavasay Panorama, Los Angeles
June: artist talk, Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin
June: artist residency, Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin
March: Placing the Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene group show, INOVA Gallery, Milwaukee
March: Art + Technology: Remote Sensing panel, Caltech, Pasadena
February: artist residency, Pitzer College / Honnold Mudd Library, Claremont
January: Houston Petrochemical Corridor LandscanRights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas group show, with CLUI, Nottingham Contemporary Museum, Nottingham

November: Title TBD (Test Structure Prototype), in collaboration with Lucy Raven, CLUI Desert Research Station open house, Hinkley, California
November: Parallelograms photo grids, artist project, Cabinet Magazine, Issue 54, Fall 2014
October: Parallelograms video excerpt, Art as Research group exhibition, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
September: In the Best of all Possible Worlds video,Trans-Farm, Apexart sponsored group show, Russell Industrial Center, Detroit
August: In the Best of all Possible Worlds video, Presentism film festival, WhiteSpace, Atlanta
July: Houston Petrochemical Corridor Landscan, UMOCA, Salt Lake City
May: Encounters at the Edge of the Forest group exhibition, Gallery 400, Chicago
April: Uncanny Sensing (Texas Prototype), CounterCurrent festival, University of Houston Mitchell Center, Houston
March: Ecotone Lab group exhibition, Actual Size Gallery in partnership with USC Roski School of Art and Design, Los Angeles
January: Menwith Hill After the Rain in CounterIntelligence group exhibition, Barnicke Gallery, Toronto

November: Points of Presence in The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology, group exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
September: Networked Nation: The Landscape of the Internet in America, (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
July: Biennial of the Americas group exhibition, Draft Urbanism, 2209 Broadway (billboard), Denver
June: Uncanny Sensing (Wisconsin Prototype) solo exhibition, INOVA Gallery, UW, Milwaukee
May: Perishable: An Exploration of the Refrigerated Landscape of America, (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
April: Artistic Research Science Fair, hosted by D. Graham Burnett, Museum of Modern Art, New York
April: Seminar lecture, Obermann Center for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Iowa
February: Omniscience & Contingency: Landscapes of Military Intelligence and Terror Simulation panel paper, CAA 2013, New York
February: Urban Crude in 2013 Artefact Festival, STUK Arts Center, Leuven, Belgium

November: The Cold Coast Archive exhibition - (with Annesofie Norn and Signe Lidén), Rom8, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bergen [Re:place Blog]
May: The Cold Coast Archive exhibition - (with Annesofie Norn and Signe Lidén), Center for PostNatural History, Pittsburgh Exhibit PDF
March: Suspension of Disbelief curatorial project, DC 5X5 city-wide public art initiative, Washington, D.C.
February: "Sites of Monumental Institutional Response to Catastrophe", talk, Association of American Geographers 2012 Annual Meeting, New York
February: "The Cold Coast Archive" video presentation,The Long Now Foundation SALT seminar, San Francisco

November: Urban Crude in The Oil Show, Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund, Germany.
July: Telegraph (live video broadcast), Field Broadcast: Seven Sunsets, 20:13 EDT 07/28/2011,Washington, D.C.
July: ASAP Kamp Kippy residency, Mt. Desert Island, Maine
June: A-Z West in Context: A Spatial Analysis (article), Afterall, issue 27 - mapping
May: Incidental Soundscapes: High and Low, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
May: Hollow Earth (sound installation / performance), Performances in Hansaviertel, TiergartenEins, Berlin
April: Houston Petrochemical Corridor Landscan in Public Works, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
March: Ultimate High Ground (online version), Triple Canopy, New York
February: A Field Guide to Future Island (fieldwork) with Annesofie Norn and Signe Lidén, Svalbard, Norway. Kulturkontakt Nord, the Norsk kulturråd and the Long Now Foundation
February: Emergency State: First Responder and Law Enforcement Training Architecture in Critical Infrastructures: New American Approaches to Civic Activism and Research, The Architecture Foundation, London

November - December: Routes of Least Surveillance (with the Institute for Applied Autonomy, credited as SITE-R), Saint Étienne International Design Biennial, Saint Étienne, France
July - October: Background Listening Post, Angst in Form, Werkleitz Festival, Halle (Saale), Germany. See this project webpage for more
June : Two bus tours: Military Landscapes of the NE & Post-Industrial and Future Landscapes of the NE, GURU, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne
May - October: Greater New York 2010 (with An Atlas of Radical Cartography), P.S.1, New York
May 21-23: TelePort – A Tour of the Lizard's Landscape of Telecommunication, conference and bus tour, Falmouth Convention, Cornwall
May: Ultimate High Ground Global Map, Theater of Peace group show, NGBK, Berlin Order a copy of the map
March - May: The Sonic Boom Archive, Aural Indicators, Contemporary Conflict Institute, Troy, New York
March 31: Show and (Fore)Tell event, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
March: The Atrocity Exhibition group show, FEINKOST, Berlin
February: American Oil Vol. I audio piece for Framework & Resonance FM, London
January: Contribution to The Redactor (ed. Neal White), for the The Incidental Person exhibition at Apexart, New York

December: ZEIGEN, an Audio Tour group show, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin
December: Crisis: Exercises in the State of Emergency (Krise. EinÜbungen in den Ausnahmezustand) group show, Villa Ichon, Bremen
November: Ultimate High Ground, UK, for Arts Catalyst's Dark Places group show, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
November: Overt Research Project (with The Office of Experiments), for Arts Catalyst's Dark Places group show, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
October: New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape (with CLUI), LACMA, Los Angeles
October: Urban Crude: The Oil Fields of the Los Angeles Basin (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
October: Mountain Radio Redux, Herbst Radio 99.1, Berlin
June: Radical Nature - Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009 group show (with CLUI), Barbican Art Centre, London
May: Not A Cornfield (with Lauren Bon & The Metabolic Studio), George Eastman House, Rochester
January: Texas Oil (with CLUI), Blaffer Gallery, Houston

September: TX AUX IN (with SIMPARCH), The Marfa Sessions, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa
September: Experimental Geography (with CLUI), Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
July: Room Tone (18 sounds in 6 models), A group project by Brandon LaBelle, Staalplaat Record Shop, Tuned City Festival, Berlin
July: Autotechnogeoglyphics: Vehicular Test Tracks in America (with CLUI), Between Bridges London
February: Routes of Least Surveillance (with the Institute for Applied Autonomy, credited as SITE-R), An Atlas of Radical Cartography, Redhouse Arts Center, Syracuse
Sound design and composition for Deborah Stratman's film O'er The Land

November:Routes of Least Surveillance (with the Institute for Applied Autonomy (IAA) as SITE-R), An Atlas of Radical Cartography,Gallery 400, Chicago
October:Routes of Least Surveillance (with the Institute for Applied Autonomy (IAA) as SITE-R), An Atlas of Radical Cartography,LACE, Los Angeles
September: Exhibit Poster Retrospective (with CLUI), The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
July: Hinterland Redux: Things Changed and Not, in the Desert Proper, bus tour. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
June: Pavement Paradise (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
Feb: Vacation: Dauphin Island (with CLUI), The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles
January: Hydromancy (in collaboration with SIMPARCH), Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, El Paso

October: Shock and Awe (with SIMPARCH), Year_06 Art Fair in conjunction with Frieze Art Fair 2006, London
October: Dissipation and Disintegration (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
June: Boron: The Element of Place, bus tour. Afterall, Los Angeles
May: Gloom and Doom I (with SIMPARCH), Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati
May: Gloom and Doom II (with SIMPARCH), Arnoff Center for the Arts Gallery, Cincinnati
March : CLUI Touch-screen Informational Display (with CLUI), Whitney Biennial 2006, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

September: Interstate (group show, with CLUI), Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
June: Southern California Landscape Information Display (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
May : Weather Radio, Materials + Applications / 88.5 FM, Los Angeles
May: Three Projects Revisited (with CLUI), Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, New York
March: Terminal Island (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
March : KDRS, The CLUI Desert Research Station, Hinkley, California
January: Immersed Remains: Towns Submerged in America (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles

October : Site:Nonsite:Quartzsite (in collaboration with AUDC), High Desert Test Sites 2004, Joshua Tree, California
August: Wendover, USA (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
May: Emergency State: First Responder and Law Enforcement Training Architecture (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
April: Diversions & Dislocations: California's Owens Valley (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
March: Loop Feedback Loop: The Big Picture of Traffic Control In Los Angeles (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
February: A View into the Pipe: East Central Interceptor Sewer (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles

October: The Nellis Range Complex - Revisited (with CLUI), Ibid Projects, London
September: Ground-Up: Photographs of the Ground in the Margins of Los Angeles (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
July: West Coast Points: A Linear Portrait from North to South (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
July: The Best Dead Mall in America: A Photographic Documentation and Indefinite Installation (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
June: Between Oregon and Mexico: The California Coastal Records Project (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
February: The Silent Key: Incursions into Knob Culture (Mountain Radio performance with Mason Cooley) (touring performance) Sheffield, Glasgow, Brighton, London
February: The Most Expensive Space in North America, Form + Function group show (with AUDC), Chapman Univ. - Guggenheim Gallery, Orange, California
January: Property in the Harper Lake Basin: A Project of the CLUI Desert Research Station (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles

September: Antarctic 1: Views Along Antarctica's First Highway (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
August: One Wilshire: Telco Hotel Central (with CLUI), CLUI,Los Angeles
June: Alternate Routes: An Aerial Survey of the 'Inland Empire'group show (with CLUI) The California Museum of Photography, The University of California - Riverside
June: Ecovention – Current Art to Transform Ecologies group show (with CLUI), Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art - Cincinnati
March: Proximity Issue: The Barricades of the Federal District (with CLUI), CLUI, Los Angeles
January: Genius Loci (with CLUI), The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIARC) - Los Angeles
January: Genius Loci (Mountain Radio Project performance with Mason Cooley), (SCIARC) - Los Angeles
January: Lobby in Rear - DIY lo-fi electronic sounds (Mountain Radio Project with Mason Cooley), The Schindler House & The MAK-Schindler Scholarship Program - Los Angeles

December: Hallucination of Theory, readings by Sylvère Lotringer, Chris Kraus, & Giovanni Intra (Mountain Radio performance with Mason Cooley), China Art Objects Gallery, Los Angeles
December: 100 Years of Radio (Mountain Radio performance with Mason Cooley), Lat / Long: 34.08'52" x - 118.26'17", Los Angeles
September: Fresh Kills: Six Proposals, Los Angeles
August: Back to the Bay: An Exploration of the Marginal Zones of the San Francisco Bay (with CLUI), The Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, San Francisco
August: Vision Embraces the World (Mountain Radio performance with Mason Cooley), Echo Park Projects, Los Angeles