Edited Statement

Landscape, geography, place and space are strong unifying themes in O’Brien’s work, often as a metaphor for navigating the ambiguous spaces between our shared reality and our personal constructs of reality. His work explores issues of ecology, movement, migration, borders, and openings, commenting on technological, social and political powers that shape the landscape of the anthropocene. Through the appropriation of conversation’s, objects, and sound, ‘THE MACHINE STOPS’ suggests a narrative, which maps the rhythms of the everyday, experienced as a fictional, future archaeological survey of the current state of things.