Screening / Life Line, single channel video
“Life in us is like the water in a river.” ― Henry David Thoreau
Streams of water lead to creeks… which lead to lakes… which lead to rivers… which lead to the sea… and then to the ocean. This video is an abstract visualization of the flow of water – our planet’s lifeline. In this piece, each line of video is a digital sample extracted from footage of various bodies of water collected across the country. Similar, in a way, to a doctor drawing blood or a scientist collecting a water specimen to test the health of a lake. In the resulting work, the layered audio of a heartbeat monitor draws parallels to the human body as lines move across the composition like veins or air passages. The 5-minute. video starts slow, changes, builds to a crescendo, then slows down to either end or repeat.
Audio and musical score by Sherman Finch.
- Biography: Krista Leigh Steinke is a lens-based artist working in moving-image, experimental photography, and installation. Her work, situated between the photographic and the abstract, presents poetic reflections on time, place, perception, and the interconnection between human experience and the natural world. She regularly exhibits and screens her work in museums, galleries, and film festivals across the country, as well as internationally. Her work has received support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Glasscock Center for Humanities, and a Fellowship from the Howard Foundation. She has been a guest artist at numerous colleges and universities and has participated in several festivals and conferences as an exhibiting artist, speaker, or curator, including the 2019 ISEA Conference in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. She currently teaches at Texas A&M, Department of Visualizations and divides her time between Houston, TX and New York.
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