Alien (Echelon), 2022

Found video, found audio slowed to 10%.

Lucas Glenn’s practice is one of repurpose— fashioning found material to speculate utopian and dystopian spaces for posthuman kinship and trouble. Alien (Echelon), like many of his works, is a space of ecological strangeness.

Alien pairs night-time footage of the Royal Victoria Golf Club’s fourth tee with a royalty-free, sci-fi audio track that’s been stretched and distorted. This, along with the activity of a solitary labourer and the lights of equipment, imposes an extraterrestrial texture on a familiar space. This texture’s absurdity echoes the strangeness of an already imposed terrain— the oldest golf course in Canada, stretching across stolen W̱SÁNEĆ and Songhees territory along the Salish Sea.

— Exhibition text from Surface Matters, Ex-Libris Gallery, Newcastle University