Created by the artist Doug Aitken, the ALTERED EARTH App takes the viewer on a surreal and hallucinogenic journey. ALTERED EARTH was created entirely in one region, the desolate Camargue area in Southern France. ALTERED EARTH creates a distinctly modern exploration of landscape and the space between man, nature, and technology.
The Camargue’s mysterious quality is the setting for ALTERED EARTH : a naturally sculpted land emitting a rough beauty and unique individuality. This is a setting where German bunkers are being re-claimed by migratory birds and African winds spread the Mediterranean Sea over shallow lagoons revealing salt mines that appear like crystal landscapes from another world.
This is a landscape in transition, one that feels deeply natural and simultaneously futuristic, in a way distantly connected to the films of Andrei Tarkovsky
or the writings of J.G. Ballard.
ALTERED EARTH uses this unique landscape to explore a new expression of the physical world. This artwork reflects on our relation to local and global geography in the digital age and creates a new kind of map. It expands the concept of “place” into a limitless digital universe while opening windows to our understanding of landscape.
Within this App you are empowered to create your own journey through a bizarre and ever-changing landscape utilizing different forms of media. By changing the structure of imagery and seeing it in different configurations, you are able to project your own story and plot.
ALTERED EARTH allows you to explore multi-channel film, literature, and three-dimensional installation space.
“There is no hierarchy to how images and sequences can be strung together. It’s a open experience that will change every time and be unique for every viewer.” – Doug Aitken
App artwork by Doug Aitken, commissioned and produced by the Luma Foundation for the Parc des Ateliers, Arles France, and developed by Meri Media.