Sunday, 31 January 2016

#makinguse 11

Overlook: Exploring the Internal Fringes of America with the Center for Land Use Interpretation is a monograph of CLUI, one of the Making Use. Life in Postartistic Times exhibition participants. Founded in Los Angeles in 1994, CLUI is involved in the exploration and study of land and landscape. They pursue interdisciplinary reflections on the modification of the planet by the agricultural, industrial, military, or tourist activity of homo sapiens. CLUI organizes exhibitions; manages photo archives; conducts a residency program in the desert in Wendover, Utah; publishes scientific books and guides; and organizes tours to hard-to-access areas of the United States, such as nuclear test sites. The organization has also founded the conceptual American Land Museum, covering the entire territory of the United States, with its collection made up of sites catalogued by CLUI (former factories, waste dumps, graveyards for aircraft, models of cities for military exercises, slag heaps, and so on). Lucy Lippard has written that CLUI is a major heir to the conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s, although it is hard to recognize its activity as art.