Anthropogenic Horizon is a single-channel video work exploring the concept of the Great Acceleration and the atomic origins of the Anthropocene. The video combines footage of the Operation Dominic nuclear test (Christmas Island, 1962) and the Ilulissat Glacier Calving Event (Western Greenland, 2008) to create a metaphorical anthropogenic landscape. This work was part of the installation “Fragments of the Acceleration” which was developed through a combination of archival research, research into scientific, historical, and cultural perspectives of the Great Acceleration, the Anthropocene, and the climate crisis, as well as an exploration of contemporary perspectives of the climate crisis as represented in broadcast media. The larger installation references the history of the Great Acceleration, the development of climate science, and speaks to the political urgency of our present moment.
Brandon Bauer, MFA, is an associate professor of art at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI, U.S.A. He uses art as a space for ethical inquiry exploring issues relating to terrorism, nuclear abolition, and the climate crisis by examining critical histories embedded in media ephemera. His work utilizes photography, video, digital graphics, and installation. Brandon’s work has been exhibited and screened internationally including at the Aces(s) electronic media festival, Pau, France; the European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck, Germany; the Carnival of e-Creativity, Shillong, India. He has published in journals such as Media-N, Hz, and Arts & International Affairs.