Marc Miller is trained as an architect and landscape architect and has worked on a range of product types including architectural, lighting, campus planning, and urban design. He also has degrees in fine arts in art history. His academic research is framed around the idea that landscape is not an artifact or object, but is rather a technology that informs how people perceive their environments. He investigates this interest through three threads of investigation ranging from applications and techniques to critical examinations of landscape history and theory.
The first of these investigations examine the role of fabrication as a technical medium. He is interested in manipulating the performance of soil to fabricate objects that can be installed in the landscape to augment desired surface performances. In contrast to more conventional approaches to fabrication, one of the desired outcomes is for the artifacts to deteriorate over time, becoming part of the landscape.
The second research thread addresses landscape architecture as a form of social media, capable of articulating the behaviors and habits of the resident user groups. This research is grounded in the argument that landscape has been historically associated with images, most notably painting and photography. To that end, he’s interested in how television in itself can be treated as a landscape architectural practice, bypassing the need to construct physical artifacts, and instead creating speculative narratives to inform future practices in behavior.
Marc’s third research thread ties into the social, political, and economic impacts of landscape and landscape images and is interested in the theoretical implications of landscape painting with respect to the Capitolocene. With that in mind, Marc is interested in how painting and the practice of landscape reflect the accumulation of capital through the control and manipulation of landscapes.