Edgelands | Jonathan Hanahan

In his video piece Edgelands (2020), Jonathan Hanahan juxtaposes distorted, AI-generated images depicting midwestern landscapes combined with illegal e-waste dumpsites in Africa, Asia, and India. The resulting hypothetical landscapes depict a potential future where one can no longer dump the waste of the West’s over-consumption of hardware on others’ shores. 

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Edgelands encompasses a multitude of landscape-based series exploring this subject matter. The still images here are focused on ‘Horizons.’

Check out Jonathan’s Q+A here.

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Jonathan Hanahan is a creative technologist and educator who makes Thick Interfaces—tools, devices, software, artifacts, websites, and videos—that speculatively explore the physical, cultural, and social ramifications of the role technology plays in shaping our everyday realities. In addition to his studio practice, Hanahan is an Assistant Professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis where he teaches creative coding, procedural process, and interaction design. His recent work The 45th City—which explores ways of representing and occupying online news platforms in real space by making physical the original source code of fake news websites—was recently exhibited at the Pinkcomma Gallery in Boston, MA and The Luminary in St. Louis, MO. 

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