Produced by The Olana Partnership and Wave Farm: Groundswell was
an exhibition that featured site-specific works in sound, text, installation, and movement. Participating artists reflect
on and react to Olana as an ambitious and early environmental work: Olana’s landscape was originally
designed in response to its integral views, by Hudson River School artist Frederic Church. The Groundswell event for
which Entervision was produced, intended to expand the frame of reference in which Olana might be understood and
site photos by Beth Schneck Photography:
Entervision is Church's home, which he filled with many artifacts and artworks collected from his travels. A primary
subject of the conversations in Entervision was the relationship of this collection to Church's vision as articulated
through his construct of the property and its larger context, and the views designed from which to frame this context. The
interpretations of the property as a platform for seeing and experiencing the landscape that are advanced by Entervision support
the concept of the Viewshed; A politicized understanding of the value and command of a viewpoint, and the ethical relationship
of ones' view to the complexities of land use.
Entervision was presented
as a radio transmission, broadcast from Church's home. The transmission was received from seating installed from a ridge path
that focused the audience view upwards towards the house. Signaling flags (line-of-sight transmission) indicated the connection
between the source of transmission and the point of reception. Ones view was trained back from 'the field' to the platform
from which the viewshed is best understood; emphasizing the architecture itself as a complex filtering and framing device.
The commanding view from Frederick Church's studio residence
is the basis for Entervision. Entervision gathered field recordings from nature and human-made
sources collected from the visible surroundings of Olana: The recordings are interspersed with excerpted phrases from conversations
staged to address and interpret aesthetic and philosphical issues generated from Church's project.