13 Views in Arid Lands is a new series of 360° scrolling Southwestern American landscapes, shot in time lapse and presented in a set of custom peephole cabinets. Our panoramas were made using an intervalometer and a robotic tripod head that we designed, built, and programmed. Revealed in these vistas, clouds and weather spread through the sky, winds shake plants, humans and animals dart almost imperceptibly.
The videos, their presentation, and the pair of cabinets allude to the ancient traditional Chinese landscape meditation scroll, hand-cranked canvas panoramas of 19th-century North America, the enormous panorama rotundas, and early penny arcade peephole spectacles. Text that appears in the videos was borrowed from reports and journals of US soldiers looking for the last free Apaches in the Southwest in the 1880s.