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  • An installation comprised of a malfunctioning Machine and a corresponding Operator’s Manual, Of Simple Men is a monument to the rise and decline of rural America, and a physical representation of the complications patterns of cultural forgetfulness have propagated. The Machine, the OSM, plays a printed muslin ream that interacts with a film of an endless rural landscape projected from the floorboards. Straddling the line between automation and semi-automation, the OSM references a particular e…
  • Heather R. Buechler updated the Artwork Amber Waves
    Amber Waves explores the historical relationship between farming and technology, and their impact on the ecology of the rural landscape. It is a memoriam for the family farm, and a call for the return of good stewardship and agrarian ideals; to create a culture that works for the land, rather than having the land for us. Amber Waves acts a performative recapitulation of two American agricultural methodologies: pre-mechanization and post-mechanization. The performance is preceded by an orat…
  • Heather R. Buechler updated the Artwork Futile Fires
    2014 | durational performance, looping, split-channel digital video and sound (looping every 28 minutes) Futile Fires centers on a durational performance where a fire is tendered but never fully realized. In juxtaposition is the short action of cutting wood, which interrupts the overall viewing of the performance through an interjection of abrupt cuts of audio and image. Both of these occur indefinitely, playing back on continual loop. In the futility of these actions comes the tension of a …
  • Heather R. Buechler updated the Artwork Neshotah
    Neshotah is a 3-minute animation consisting of 507 hand-cut stratographic printed frames. It was produced on a Vandercook Universal 1, from a 9”12” lino-block. The production-intensive process speaks more directly to the film’s content, which is a reflection on the history of Two Rivers; a narrative that is shared by rural communities across the country whose vitality is in a large part contingent on their relationship with the land. It is the result of research conducted at the Lester Pu…
  • Heather R. Buechler updated the Artwork Seldom Rest
    SELDOM REST is a series of poems that work in concert with original material as written by John Perry Hanna II between May 4, 1941 and May 7, 1942 in Diary of an Illinois Dairy Farmer 1941-1947. It is a contemporary distillation of the profundities of life’s seemingly mundane events, the ghost of rural life in the 1940s in Midwestern America. It is a conversation with history; a poetic reenactment of a way of life that we can only understand in fragments. As such, Hanna’s original entries …
  • Using historical timelines of agricultural technology as fodder, The Land, The Man, The Machine both reflects and comments on Progress at the turn of the century. This piece was read as the introduction to the performance, Amber Waves.