SITE Santa Fe, in partnership with Adobeairstream.com, the Santa Fe-based online contemporary art magazine, presents a new series of podcasts highlighting the art and themes of Unsettled Landscapes, as a part of a digital media residency with editor/founder Ellen Berkovitch. These podcasts offers a series of conversations on themes of the first edition of SITElines.2014 through interviews with the artists, curators and the general public.
In this first installment, Berkovitch meets up with Bahamian artist Blue Curry to talk about his sculptural installation situated outside of SITE and in the front lobby. His work, entitled S.S.s (2014), is comprised of a live video stream in SITE’s main lobby aimed at the Nassau harbor and the cruise ships that anchor and leave there daily. Out in front of SITE’s entrance, a maritime flagpole flies beach towels–instead of flags representing countries of national registration–which change as cruise ships come and go. Curry looks to appropriate these massive cruise ships as sculptures and substitutes the beach towel as a stand-in for the flag of the country of registration. Through this works the artist reclaims the space of the tourist harbor and beach towel as a space for critical engagement. The work creates dialogue around the tourist experience and tourism in general as a type of conquest of landscape.