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20th Century

Sam Easterson, American, b. 1972

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States, Minnesota
Medium and Support: Video/SP Beta and DVD
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Agnes Cowles Bourne Fund
Accession Number: 2005.31
Sam Easterson’s videos investigate the natural environment through the perspective of animals. Attaching specially designed video cameras to various animals—including an armadillo, chick, and even a tarantula—the artist captures footage from their unique vantage points. Although not approximating an animal’s vision completely, the videos show how different creatures experience the world.

Easterson’s work, however, is less aligned with nature documentaries than with experimental filmmaking. He takes his cue from the structuralist film tradition, an approach to filmmaking that demystifies the process of creation by drawing audiences’ attention to technical aspects of cinematography most often rendered invisible. Lasting anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes, each video is an unpredictable journey that concludes when the camera falls off the animal.

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