A.L.L. (Authentic Leaf Locator)
iPod 4 Photographs/Digital Prints
|"The map is not the territory" - Alfred Korzybski
A.L.L. (Authentic Leaf Locator) is a series of photographs that questions the veracity of machine technologies that claim to "locate" us in specific places, thereby "authenticating" our experiences. Photography and GPS (Geographic Positioning Systems) are increasingly substitutes for experience, placeholders for memory making, "realities" rather than representations. Data is captured, tagged, categorized, mapped and/or visualized, then stored in 'clouds' rather than in our mind-bodies. They seemingly provide evidence that we've seen something or been there, when in fact all 'looking' has been mediated by screens, while we've been connected to elsewhere (cyberspace).
In an age of ubiquitous software manipulation, while A.L.L. seems to represent 'real life' it, instead, celebrates creative photography and the authenticity of human perception and memory.
Each photograph is 'signed' with the artist's social media avatar, and tagged with QR codes and geographic coordinates.
The leaves were either photographed in situ or collected at the Arnold Arboretum, Forest Hills Cemetery, Walden Pond, and Roslindale Village in Fall 2015.