Brian House - Post-Natural Pastorale - 1
Post-Natural Pastorale (2022)
Freshkills Park
w/ Sue Huang

New York City’s Freshkills is an engineered landscape—soon to be a public park, it was once the largest municipal dump in the world. The bucolic serenity of this mammoth monument to the Anthropocene belies the multiple timescales unfolding beneath its surface. Musical scores performed on site by double bassist Robert Black are derived from data about these layers—from the thousand-year decay of consumer plastics to the present gathering of clouds overhead.

Double bass: Robert Black. Concept, art direction, and production: Sue Huang. Concept, composition, and audio: Brian House. Animation: Alexander Dupuis. Co-production: David Feinberg. Audio mastering: Jon Cohrs. Cinematography and color: Paul Shin. Curation: Mariel Villeré. Thanks: New York City Department of Sanitation, Nancy Nowacek, Marcel Zaes, Robert Black.