Roderick Coover

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THE ALTERED SHORELINES PROJECTS

ESTUARIES
Interactive Landscape
Join Roderick Coover on a comparative exploration of shorelines of the Delaware Estuary in the eastern USA and the Kent County Coast including the Thames Estuary in the UK.

THE CHEMICAL MAP
Interactive Map
This map indicating over 200 active petro-chemical industries and clea-up sites in the Delaware Estuary. Available in open source (Druple) and through Google Maps.

TOXICITY. Combinatory Film. In Progress.View Sample

SHORELINES. Photographic Series. In Progress.
Features large prints, backlit images and photo essays.

ALTERED SHORELINES, The book. In Progress.

 

THE CATASTROPHE TRILOGY (KATASTROFETRILOGIEN).
Video and Installation Video Loops
This cross-cultural trilogy by artist Roderick Coover and writer Scott Rettberg calls upon histories of deadly volcanic ash, great floods, and the plague to tell stories of present day longing, anxiety, and environmental change.

 

THREE RAILS LIVE

THREE RAILS LIVE (2013) is a combinatory narrative film designed for installation by Roderick Coover, Scott Rettberg and Nick Montfort. Running continuously, the system never generates the same narrative in the same order twice, but nevertheless produces a coherent holistic story of a man's late search for meaning among the detritus of his life and environment.


STORIES, POEMS AND POETICS

THE THEORY OF TIME HERE. Digital Video. DVD. 7 Minutes. Distributed by The Video Data Bank, Chicago. Date of Publication: 2008.

CURRENCY: FOUR EXPERIMENTS IN THE DIGITAL POEM. Distributed on YouTube. Co-created with writer Nick Monfort.

SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED ONLY ONCE. 2007. Animated Panorama. DVD. 23 minutes.

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UPCOMING AND RECENT EVENTS

Installation and Artist-In-Residence. Brown University.
February 17-21, 2014. Video wall project and talks each day.

Fast-Forward Presentation, DesignPhiladelphia festival event.
October 11, 2013. 20 slides at 20 seconds each to answer one question: What's next for Philly? http://fastforwardphilly.blogspot.com/p/what-is-fast-forward.html

Special Course and Artist Performance Night, Bergen, Norway.
August 5-15. University of Bergen course collaboratory with faculty and students from the universities of Bergen, Minnesota, West Virgina and Temple. Artist performance night, Friday, August 9. http://collabcreativity.wordpress.com/

Commissioned Installations at CHF Museum, Philadelphia.
June 27, 2013-June 2014. Museum of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia. PA. Installations of Estuary and Toxi•City. http://www.chemheritage.org/visit/museum/exhibits/sensing-change.aspx

Installations Rowan University Museum of Art
March 30-May 5, 2013. Installations of 3RL and Estuary Photographic Series for the exhibition: Cosmobilities. Glassboro, NJ.

Installations at MIT8 Exhibition, M.I.T.
May 3-5. 2013. M.I.T. Cambridge, MA. Installations of Unknown Territories and 3RL.

Artist and Plenary Talks at MIT8
May 4 at 2pm, Artist Talk. Unknown Territories and May 5 at 1pm, 2013. MIT. Cambridge, MA. Plenary Session. Media In Transition 8 Conference. http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/mit8/

Presentation at HASTAC, Toronto
April 27, 2013. York University, Toronto. Presentation. Estuary. Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Conference. http://hastac2013.org/

 

 

 

 

THE UNKNOWN TERRITORIES PROJECTS

VOYAGE INTO THE UNKNOWN
Interactive Landscape. Join John Wesley Powell on the 1869 exploring expedition of the uncharted waters of the Colorado River.

CANYONLANDS:
Documentary Film and Interactive Cinemascape
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Follow the writings of Edward Abbey, whose books such as Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang transformed how people thought about the arid American West, and return to landscapes he once wrote about.

CANYONLANDS: Edward Abbey and the Great American Desert Documentary Film.

CANYONLANDS: EDWARD ABBEY IN THE GREAT AMERICAN DESERT Interactive cinemascape.

ABOUT UNKNOWN TERRITORIES

 

DOCUMENTARY, ETHNOGRAPHY AND SPATIAL PROJECTS

VERITE TO VIRTUAL: CONVERSATIONS ON THE FRONTER OF DOCUMENTARY ARTS AND VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY (DER).
A documentary presenting panel and roundtable conversations with leading documentary filmmakers, artists and ethnographers about the future of visual anthropology.

INSIDE/OUTSIDE
A scrolling interactive video installation offering explorations - portals - into a landscapes hidden histories and modal perceptions commissioned for the exhibition UNDAUNTED: Five American Explorers 1760-2007, American Philosophical Society and Independence Hall National Park.

THE LANGUAGE OF WINE: AN ANTHROPOLOGY OF WORK WINE AND THE SENSES.
A documentary, based on participant observation field recordings, about how the terms and concepts of one's work (metier) also articulate personal and cultural views.

CULTURES IN WEBS: HYPERMEDIA AND THE DOCUMENTARY IMAGE.
An interactive CD-ROM which features hypermedia approaches to cross-cultural filmmaking, photography and new media.

 

WRITING: SWITCHING CODES

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NOW IN PRINT
Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology In The Humanities and Arts. Edited by Roderick Coover and Thomas Bartscherer (University of Chicago Press).

Leading American and European scholars, scientists, and artists consider how the precipitous growth of digital information and its associated technologies are transforming the ways we think and act.

OTHER WRITING
Click here for more essays, interviews and reflections....

 

BIOGRAPHY

A pioneer in interactive documentary media and narrative arts since the 1990's, Roderick Coover's works include digital and interactive cinema, panoramic digital arts, installations, and webworks, and he publishes in fields of the arts, humanities and social sciences.  Some of his latest projects include the multimedia series Estuary (Web) and Toxi•City (film) about climate change, the interactive cinema series Unknown Territories about exploration in the American West and the edited book Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology In The Humanities And Arts (University of Chicago Press). His works are distributed through Video Data Bank, Documentary Educational Resources, Eastgate Systems and elsewhere.

Roderick Coover teaches at Temple University in Philadelphia, where is he Director of the Graduate Program in Film and Media Arts and Founding Co-Director of Temple University's Graduate Certificate Program in Documentary Arts and Ethnographic Practice. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Brown University and Cornell University, and he is the recipient of Whiting, Fulbright, Mellon, and LEF awards among others.

 

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