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The Kydoimos video is comprised of more than 50,000 individual frames of aerial photographs that David Maisel made at the classified military installation of Dugway Proving Ground, a remote site in Utah’s Great Salt Lake desert devoted to testing and development of chemical and biological weapons and defense systems. The flickering images in Kydoimos depict test grids inscribed into the desert floor where toxic substances are detonated by the military. The landscape becomes a measuring device against which dispersal rates, toxicity levels, and threats to the human body are measured. Maisel augments the dizzying visuals with an immersive soundscape created in collaboration with composer Chris Kallmyer; together, they reflect and refract the dark forces at work at this site.

single channel 1:1 projection with audio, 31:23 minutes
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