Lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles.
Steven Rowell is an artist and researcher based in Berlin and Los Angeles, working with photography as well as with audio and video recordings captured in the field.
He examines technology and infrastructure on, beneath, and above the landscape, contextualizing the built and the natural environment, appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer and cartographer. In addition to his own practice he collaborates with The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), SIMPARCH, and The Office of Experiments.
As part of CLUI, Rowell’s work has been exhibited internationally at a range of galleries and museums including the 2006 Whitney Biennial; Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, New York; Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, San Francisco; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Barbican Art Centre; IBID Projects; and Between Bridges, London. With SIMPARCH, his work has been exhibited at The Ballroom, Marfa, Texas and Year_06 Art Fair in conjunction with Frieze Art Fair 2006, London (among other locations).
In November 2009 Rowell exhibited at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton in the Dark Places exhibition in two capacities – with his solo project Ultimate High Ground, UK and as a collaborator with the Office of Experiments. In advance of the Falmouth Convention, he will be researching the development of a new work based on the substantial role that Cornwall and South West England play in UK and global communications systems. This work forms the beginning of a proposed collaboration between ProjectBase and SCAN, inviting a range of artists to respond to the same theme.