Chiaroscuro:                                    A Theoretical Valence

When thinking about theory, one is confronted with a fundamental paradox: it simultaneously encourages and resists investigative analysis. Black Contemporary serves as an experiential laboratory for ongoing investigations intended to expand our knowledge specific to the study of atmospheric logics and the American agricultural landscape. Each staging is driven by the nascent possibility of a persistent desire to intercourse with existing material surrounds pursuant a philosophical position that leverages perceptual notions of chiaroscuro in the practice of understanding and generating a set of spatial valence within the material culture of a post-industrial site. This paper proposes theory as a material practice that apposes the objective distance typically associated with such dogma through the immersive act of experimental criticism supported by a set of inserted material stagings with a relative capacity to unite or react or interact with the latent dimensions of the inherited landscape.