Karl Erickson makes videos, performances and collages centering on abstract narrative themes of transformative experiences, non-human intelligences, and environmentalism. Recent exhibitions include "We Could Be Transcendent Apes" at Field Projects Gallery in New York City, look to the future-past, at isthisit? Betwixt & Between at Muncie Makes Lab and The Performing Media Festival. Recent video screenings and performances were included in the Kansas City Performing Media Festival, That One Film Festival and at Blacklight Film and Video. He has been an artist in residence at Signal Culture and The Arctic Circle He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. He is an Assistant Professor of Digital Art at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.
While in residence, Erickson will research, document and collaborate with non-native species in the Delaware County area, including humans. Erickson will work with biologists, conservationists and historians, collaborating with the Red Tail Land Conservancy and the Cardinal Greenway to research the plants and animals residing around city, including when they appeared, how they interact with one another, and the role human activity has had on them. He will make sound and video recordings of the life-forms to use as the source material for artworks about beings alien to their environments, including a live performance or two. Erickson will work with the community to do Deep Listening walks, which are forms of guided meditations to actively notice that which surrounds us and how our actions influence these surroundings. The goal of these projects is to continue a conversation about living alongside that which is different to find a just and equitable way to exist on the planet.