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Lifecycles, 2010. Photography by Brian Bettencourt

Matthew Moore - Phoenix, USA

Lifecycles, 2010
Video Installation

134 - David Pecaut Square
King Street West, south side
(Between Simcoe Street and John Street)

[ selected photographs ]  [ video ]

Matthew Moore‘s Lifecycles is a luminous 32-foot circular video installation that bridges nature and culture, creating a space for natural cycles at the heart of an urban setting that often overrides such rhythms. As the last of four generations to farm his family's land outside of Phoenix, Arizona, Moore has made landscape transformation and development pressures the ongoing subject of his art practice, transposing his responses in the form of earthworks, video, photography and installation to address issues of environmental and economic sustainability. Suburban sprawl inspired Moore to create the Digital Farm Collective, a non-profit whose goal is to document the most important daily process of agriculture, the growing process in the field.

Lifecycles is a six-screen 32-foot circular video installation that transforms Pecaut Square with imagery of vibrant microscopic growth cycles produced by the Digital Farm Collective. Using time-lapse photography, the installation combines brilliant visual imagery with sounds of microscopic growth and original musical arrangements to highlight the intimate time-based processes integral to agriculture. Lifecycles offers not only a glimpse of historical land use but suggests alternative futures for contemporary urban landscapes.

Artist Biography: Based in Phoenix, Matthew Moore works with video and installation to address ecological, cultural, and economic issues. Moore‘s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, from the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona. Moore‘s project Lifecycles was presented at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as a part of the New Frontiers Program. He has been awarded a Creative Capital Grant to support the work of the Digital Farm Collective.

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