README. On the 16th November 2008 the Parkfield Interventional EQ Fieldwork (PIEQF) completed a 91 day cycle of continuous and autonomous machine connectivity with the seismic landscape of California. This conceptual and No trace 21st Century Earthwork could be found at; 35 53′58.40″N 120 26′01.08″W.
Two years in planning, culminating in 77 days to assemble and 8 days to dismantle, the only relics left onsite will remain buried beneath what is the NoW closed PIEQF site. If you were to visit the remote township of Parkfield, Central Califonia today you would find little physical evidence this machine earthwork actually took place. Unlike the permanent and Monumental Earthworks scattered within the landscape of West Coast USA, PIEQF now assume’s a life and identity as a collection of bits and bytes of data.
During the one quarter year period between 18th August 02008 - 16th November 02008 PIEQF was triggered by 4000 + / - 4500 Californian seismic events. Individual event IDS were allocated and have been archived by USGS databases. 43000 WebCam frames were disseminated Live via the internet during the 91 days of intervention. 7,862,400 seconds of analogue VCR recording were captured. A selection of low resolution photographs can be found here within the PIEQF Image Archive. A twitter feed is archived HERE.
Many talented and generous people contributed to this open source and ambitiously experimental landscape performance. Particular thanks to Andy Michael, Dr Geo Homsy, Stock and Mr Snow.
Extensive video documentation was also produced by Christina McPhee and photographer Scott Haefner captured a series of wonderful Kite Aerial Photographs on behalf of the USGS. Gerald Bawden of the USGS, Sacramento produced a series of point cloud data LIDAR scans.
The Spectacle of Seismicity: Making Art From Earthquakes, written by Ella Mudie was published in Leonardo, April 2010. D.V.Rogers completed a 10,000 word MFA Thesis paper in July 2010. A net based hyperlinked version of this paper can be viewed online HERE.
17th July 2011