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Five Constant Factors

Five Constant Factors 2006 Video Running time: 7:48 Five Constant Factors is a lyrical exploration of images taken from footage of the Normandy invasion in 1944. Its title is derived from the Art of War by Sun Tsu. These factors are: 1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth; (4) The Commander; (5) Method and Discipline.


Reclamation, 2009

Presented here is the a clip of the video component from the installation at the Headlands Center for the Arts in June 2009. The video was viewed from a bunker structure built into the project space giving the viewer a visceral vantage point to view the slow dissolution of the bunkers into the coastal landscape.

While in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, I became fascinated with the bunkers dotting the landscape of the Marin Headlands. The coastal defense bunkers remain in a dilapidated form today – resting military monoliths in the now public lands of the National Park Service. Facing the persistent Pacific Ocean, the bunkers are slowly giving way to erosion.

The video, “Reclamation” came out of an impulse to see that process through. As the video progresses, the bunkers slowly fade away and continue the bunker’s further dissolution into the landscape; highlighting their isolated and largely forgotten past.