Single-channel, 24-minute video, color photographs, artist book. Filmed in the high desert of southeastern Utah near Escalante, a place of slickrock canyons, Navajo Sandstone, Juniper, Pinyon and Sage brush, Ad Infinitum features a skeptic and an optimist arguing the pros and cons of each other’s positions. Their conversation is rhetorical, theatric, and purposely absurd: Samuel Beckett meets Sergio Leone. Bumping up against the limits of reason, they each use logic to try to capture the other in a contradiction, but ultimately no wins or loses the debate. The video premiered in New York at Art in General, February 5 through April 2, 2005. Written, directed and edited by Jan Estep; Directory of Photography by Tom Graybael; Audio Mix by BWNoise; Optimist, Michael Agnew; Skeptic, Jan Estep. Shown here are video stills, installation view at Art in General, location production shots in Utah, and the related color photographs, Ad Infinitum, Boulder Mail Trail, 2005; Ad Infinitum, Milemarker 71/72, 2005; and Ad Infinitum, Dry Fork, 2005. The dialogue is reprinted in a related artist book, Ad Infinitum and Desert Maps.