Materias Investigacion::Arquitectura Photography Architecture Art New topographics Wildlife Wildlife management Landscape wilderness United States State parks National parks Offices Office interiors Interiors Bureaucracy Power Place
Servicio de Publicaciones Universidad de Navarra
Dierdorff, B., (2016) ""The Aesthetics of Eden"" En: Alcolea, R.A, Tárrago-Mingo, J., (eds.), en Congreso internacional: Inter photo arch ""Intersecciones"", celebrado en Pamplona, los días 2 al 4 de Noviembre de 2016, (pp.110-117)
My current research and artistic practice investigates the institutions that shape our ideas
of the natural world. I am engaged in a photographic project that documents the interior
office spaces of the United States federal and state park systems. Through investigating these
seemingly mundane sites, I explore the relationship between idealized versions of nature –an
imagined Eden– and the bureaucratic work required to produce and maintain them.
The US federal and state park systems continually strive to return to an idealized state
of nature while simultaneously navigating the complex and often conflicting demands of
environmental protections, land use priorities, public access, and a lack of funding. All of this
labor to maintain and construct this idealized state of nature often takes place within the
banal spaces of sparsely decorated offices. It is through my photographs that I seek to make
these typically invisible spaces, visible.