Bemis Center for Contemporary Art; Omaha, Nebraska.
Flatlander is a performance and sculpture series inspired by Omaha's last major tornadic swarm (May 6th, 1975). The work consists of bronze sculptures (made in collaboration with Vivian Chiu), and a multi-channel sound performance utilizing never-before heard voice recordings taken by Omaha’s emergency response call center.
“Behold yon miserable creature. That Point is a Being like ourselves, but confined to the non-dimensional Gulf. He is himself his own World, his own Universe; of any other than himself he can form no conception; he knows not Length, nor Breadth, nor Height, for he has had no experience of them; he has no cognizance even of the number Two; nor has he a thought of Plurality, for he is himself his One and All, being really Nothing. Yet mark his perfect self-contentment, and hence learn this lesson, that to be self-contented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy.” ― Edwin A. Abbott, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions