The three piece moving sculpture and video projection installation Dystopic Landscapes asks searing questions about the environmental consequences of the Anthropocene particularly in relation to the impact of the extracting industries, highlighting the irony of corporate marketing campaigns using beautiful sunset scenes of ‘nature’ silhouetting oil rig, pump and drilling equipment that is destroying it. As a commentary on natural resources driven economy of Kazakhstan the work is aimed to break stereotypical image of this formally nomadic land, while the state is reinforcing the idea of nomadic war heroes as national identity.
When I saw technical description of oil pump jack where the front part is actually called horse head, I have immediately envisioned the concept. First I though of it as a series of prints, which still can be. But I wanted to create an spectacle to immerse the audience into the Dystopic Landscapes. I had to get advice from several model engineers until I came up with a solution. This installation was a good test of the idea but I will be experimenting with developing this project both conceptually and visually.