“The New Dunites” is a site-specific media art project comprised of research, an augmented reality application, and an interactive multimedia installation. The project investigates a culturally unique and biologically diverse geographic site, Guadalupe- Nipomo Coastal Dunes. Buried under these dunes are the ruins of the set of DeMille’s 1923 epic film, “Ten Commandments.” We are employing Ground Penetration Radar (GPR) technology to gather the data on this artifact of film history. In an attempt to articulate and mediate the interaction between humans and this special environment, we are constructing an ecology of interfaces (from mobile device apps to gallery installations) that will use this data as their primary input.


“New Dunites” is a site-specific art project comprising research, an experimental augmented reality application and an interactive multimodal installation. It investigates a historically rich geographic site in an attempt to articulate and augment the interaction between human and the environment through creating a unique spatial experience that integrates the digital and the physical, of the inanimate and the animate, of the remote and the present, the visible and the invisible.

Embedded in this research and production, we are focusing on the intersection of two distinct concepts: "Archeology of the Media" -a term coined and developed by authors like Erkki Huhtamo, Friedrich Kittler and Siegfried Zielinski, that reflects on today's technologies by linking them to the socio technical deep histories out of which they emerged -and "Steps to an Ecology"- which stems from the work of the philosopher and cyberneticist Gregory Bateson-. Bateson understood "Ecology" not as something given but as a conceptual place one arrives to through careful preparation.

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