In LANDSHIP, SHIFT resident Chad Stayrook (2011-2012) casts himself as an alien visitor who has traveled to rural Connecticut from afar in a pyramid-shaped space vessel. Wearing a protective space suit and carrying a few key items, he uses sound as a way of exploring the landscape. He comes upon built environments (constructed by the artist)--including sails billowing from tall trees, a row of fire beacons in a field, and a colorful but mysterious device attached to a fence post--and activates each one with tonal and rhythmic sounds. The sounds accumulate to create an ambient song which eventually teleports the traveler back to his ship. As a whole, the LANDSHIP can be seen as an instrument the explorer must "tune" before moving on to other worlds.
LANDSHIP was filmed during a one month residency at I-Park in East Haddam CT in the spring of 2013. Upon arriving Chad was immediately struck by the beauty of the property's landscape, it was almost otherworldly. Chad created LANDSHIP as something that would connect and activate all of his built environments within the landscape.