Out now: Edges of the Experiment

Edges of the Experiment – The Making of the American Landscape investigates the idyllic notion of the American landscape, and shows which elements contribute to the iconic landscape, and at what cost they can be maintained.

Edges of the Experiment is a two-volume publication. Volume one contains 65 photographs made over a period of ten years by Marie-José Jongerius. I wrote texts to accompany all pictures. These stories describe the thin line between nature and civilization: how did the landscape evolve, and where are the interfaces between the organic and the artificial world, and do they fail or succeed? The volume also includes an essay by William L. Fox.

Volume two is a collection of essays about the making of the American landscape, with texts by Mark Pimlott, Mishka Henner, Rixt Bosma & Jeremy Rowe, Hans Gremmen, Kristof Swaegers, Warren Techentin, Elian Somers, Matthew Coolidge & Megan Steinman, Taco Hidde Bakker & Felix van de Vorst, Alex Lehnerer, and myself (about the way the Joshua tree has become an indicator species of Desert Rock).

Edges of the Experiment – The Making of the American Landscape, photography: Marie-José Jongerius; design and editing: Hans Gremmen; publisher: Fw:Books; distribution: Idea Books; ISBN 978-94-90119-26-3; EUR 50 [order] Made possible through the support of the Materiaalfonds, Mondriaan Foundation and a research grant of the Creative Industries Fund NL.