erica
molesworth
New Earth,
2018

YBCA Fellows Project, 2018

Silicon Landscapes,
2016-17

Install Views, 2016-17

Place Positions, 2015

Place Positions II, 2015

Tree Skype, 2014

Lights Camera Action, 2014

200 ft., 2013

I Wish to Communicate With You/Signals Not Understood, 2013

Just passing through, 2012

Divining, 2011

3-minute ‘trailer’ for New Earth (2018). 4k video converted to HD. Total running time 16:36min. New Earth began as a study of Arizona’s Biosphere II and grew through linkages with Californian utopian communities begun in the 1970s, as well as a more personal exploration of the commune on which I grew up in Australia. This project draws connections between these disparate experiments based on the desire to create completely new worlds from new beginnings, and to leave behind corrupted societies in search of untouched and very separate ones. “New Earth” examines both the pitfalls of utopian thinking but, like much of my work, also acknowledges the ambiguous but persistent lure of utopia, and its capacity for seduction.

Developed while artist-in-residence at Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco.