PROCESS: selected examples of source materials
Hughen/Starkweather create abstract artworks based on data and research. A brief summary of how we work can be seen here in a 3 minute video that was made for an installation on climate and the Anthropocene at the recent Venice Architectural Biennale. Each Hughen/Starkweather project focuses on a specific location or topic and begins with extensive research including current and historic maps and photographs; scientific and numerical data; and interviews with local community members and specialists from a variety of backgrounds. Based on this gathered information, Hughen/Starkweather create abstract artworks that layer past, present, and future narratives to create complex new forms. By allowing the artworks to resonate with the collected data without presenting it in a didactic way, the artists do not attempt to offer concrete information, but hope to prompt questions and new perspectives.
Hughen/Starkweather interview Melinda Stone, environmental scientist. Interviews and oral histories are an important part of the research for a project. The interviews set the stage for the direction of each project or artwork.