A Desert Network: Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake

Peter Whittenberger

Artist Statement

“A Desert Network: Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake” uses the hydrologic cycle of the Great Basin to consider the critical influence of water on all landscapes. Specifically, the work focuses on the water way of Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake, through the Truckee River. I see this hydrologic cycle as a metaphorical local network that supports all native life, regardless of time or species. The water serves as the data stream that supports the local network. I’m using the metaphor of a local network and a hydrologic cycle to represent the interconnected nature of water to all life. 

Project Website

↳ http://www.peterwhittenberger.com/desertNetwork.html

Video Documentation
Artist Bio

Peter Whittenberger is an interdisciplinary media artist and educator whose work explores contemporary definitions of “self” in relationship to the greater human narrative. Whittenberger is most interested in exploring how the landscape can serve as a network containing the data of the history of various species. Whittenberger holds a BFA in printmaking from the University of Montana and an MFA in interdisciplinary art from the University of Nevada, Reno. Whittenberger has shown his work in the FILE Festival, Supernova Digital Animation Festival, the Athens Animfest, the 2-Minute Film Festival at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and many others across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and South America. Outside of his studio, Whittenberger owns a boutique dog grooming salon with his wife Andi in Reno, NV and serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College.