Xiaowei Wang

Artist in Residence, 2015

A portrait of a person.

Artist Statement

I am a landscape architect and designer working at the intersection of design computation, media ecology and geography. My work centers around broader applications of ecology, with spatial relationships as the underlying basis for social, economic and environmental systems. In my work I play upon the line between data and projection, design fiction as form, and the ways geography as a medium can shape perception and action onto the environment.

While At Headlands

I will work on Lux meridiani, a cartographic fiction that uses data, images, words and physical objects to explore a projected design scenario. The environmental conditions of Lux meridiani are not so different than our current realities: a world in which invasive species spread through the vectors of shipping trade, and the recoding of our environment— increasingly driven by economic factors rather than purely ecological ones. I will use this opportunity to delve into the landscape history, environmental legacy and ecological richness of the Headlands to inform Lux meridiani and shape the narrative and trajectory of the piece.