Artist Projects

Agenda for a Landscape

Leah Gilliam

Agenda for a Landscape, includes a website, CD-ROM, and a series of continually evolving media installations that allow the artist the opportunity to recontextualize her materials over and over. Drawing from the archive of images beamed back to Earth in the Mars Pathfinder mission, Gilliam combines found imagery with footage she shot herself to create a “media landscape” of Mars. Interested in discarded or obsolete technologies and their output, Gilliam puts these images-once widely viewed but now largely forgotten-back into the public realm. In so doing, she taps into viewers’ memories of the event to consider the cultural role these images play. Gilliam deliberately manipulates the existing documentation of the Martian landscape, interspersing it with her own digitally processed footage of the Hudson River Valley, in order to foreground the strangeness of the Mars lander’s telerobotic eye.

Project Updates

  • 2001: Agenda for a Landscape is exhibited as part of Bitstreams at the Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 2001: Iterations of Agenda for a Landscape are exhibited at MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge MA

  • 2002: Agenda for a Landscape is exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York