“I was thinking about how I was related to it in a lot of ways,” says Dean Erdmann, on understanding their own subjectivity in the present moment, as part of a personal, familial and geopolitical legacy of descendent technologies. “I want to think about levels of inheritance of certain forms of violence. The way these technological things that we’ve inherited have shaped where we are at this moment.” Speaking to editor Steph Kretowicz for AQNB’s latest Artist Statement podcast, the interdisciplinary artist’s work examines the material histories and entanglements of war, space exploration, meth addiction and masculine ritual.
Born and raised in the Mojave Desert, Dean’s ongoing And, Apollo project—begun as a fellow at The New School’s Vera List Center For Art and Politics and New York’s UrbanGlass—uses experimental documentary, video, and sculpture to deconstruct the relationship between glass and sand, speed and acceleration, fragility and power. Their highly autobiographical work is replete with universal implication, where the current moment of political and social crisis is a culmination of a vast and distributed network of phenomena, crossing time and space.
‘Reaching Out of Habit’ is the latest in our Artist Statement podcast series, with past episodes featuring Terre Thaemlitz, Zach Blas, Geo Wyeth, Legacy Russell and more. The full episode is accessible to our subscribers right now on Patreon. Sign up now: www.patreon.com/aqnb.**