Boom! (2008)

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Boom! is a series of video tableaus that use fireworks to reveal a landscape otherwise concealed in the dead of night. Inspired by early experiments in flash photography, Boom! is an irreverent send-up of the history of photography and its obsession with capturing the pastoral. Accompanied by ambient natural sounds, the footage is almost entirely dark until the fireworks are lit, at which time a field and surrounding trees briefly materialize, then gradually disappear from view. The image of the fireworks themselves remain outside of the frame; only the light cast from the blasts illuminate the landscape. Boom! displaces the act of perception, destabilizing what would otherwise be another pastoral scene and calling attention to the mechanisms that produce the image.