California Excursions: Artists Diran Lyons and Jesse Wilson utilize film to document their sculptural and performative interactions with diverse landscapes. Founding the art collective ‘WHAT.IF?SOCIETY’ in 2004 while studying New Media in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Lyons and Wilson make public events with large inflatable objects, ludic performance, and audience participation the direct subject of CALIFORNIA:EXCURSIONS. The resulting picture explores the relationships between synthetic materials and the natural California landscape, focusing on how everyday objects and materials can interact with their surroundings to create tension, pleasure, suspense, and an altered space.
Released: April 10, 2006
Runtime: 16 mins