Friday, January 9, 2009

Minds of Mountainfilm

Photographer Chris Jordan sits down with Aaron Huey to discuss his latest work, Running the Numbers, which was exhibited at Mountainfilm 2008. Running the Numbers forces viewers to examine issues of American consumption and mass culture through extremely large digital photo constructions depicting the number of Americans in the penal system and the number of cell phones discarded everyday among others. This work, a follow up to Jordan's Intolerable Beauty, seeks to evoke feelings in the viewers, to awake them from malaise by translating these massive numbers we hear everyday into a visual language. Jordan and fellow photographer Huey discuss creating work that is not just about beauty, the ironies/hypocrisies of documenting consumption and the meaning of Mountainfilm.

Watch the interview.