Dr. Amy Karpati’s text in response to The Pine Barrens: Six Fires at The Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia
Fire in the Pines: In response to David Scott Kessler's The Pine Barrens: Six Fires
"The Pine Barrens ecosystem has been shaped by many forces since the last glacier to approach South Jersey retreated approximately 10,000 years ago. Ancient polar winds have carved out small dunes, glacial outwash has leveled the sand, sea level change has alternately submerged and re-exposed the land, human development has encroached upon forest boundaries, roads and highways have crisscrossed its core. But David Scott Kessler’s video The Pine Barrens: Six Fires, a selected piece in this year’s Open Video Call at ICA, highlights the most intriguing force to shape the Pine Barrens: fire."