Temporary Expert Blog Post March 28th, 2015:
I have been thinking about the have and have nots, the structures that exist in a time where we should be aiming to smooth over the historical fissures. Last week I submitted a proposal to a summer arts festival with a focus on the intersection of human behaviour and nature. I focused on Hurricane Sandy and how it amplified this existing socio-spatial inequality that exists in The Rockaways and demonstrated how harshly it affected its most vulnerable inhabitants. Large parts of the local infrastructure were destroyed and those who were most vulnerable (undocumented migrants, people of color, low-income residents and the elderly) had their basic needs taken away. It is such an apt representation of how natural disasters affect regions and populations of the world which are largely ignored, marginalized, and underrepresented.
To quote my submission:
“We have at our fingertips ease and comfort, which we use unabashedly. We have enhanced ourselves as beings who can control and contort the inherent miracle of the modern technological landscape in ways that make it increasingly manageable to handle with each passing day. What was once a game with staggered rules, with pacing ruled by intellectual property, we are entering a new stage of the technosphere which appears to be more leveled playing field. Networks create the ability to broadcast from the most remote locations, through any language, at any time, with ease. The spirit of our time is attempting to persuade us that we can have what we want, when we want it. We are being told to believe that doctors are on the other side of the screen and food will arrive shortly. We have altered the way we receive our basic and most vital human needs, yet as the technological groundwork has been built, ultimately the same compartmentalizing geography that discourages interaction and creates inequality between societal groups still exists.”
At a time when I am to be going racing towards my final projects, this was a timely moment to start thinking about how I want to present artwork that deals with issues of disparity in our modern technological landscape. Our topics seem to come revolve around class lines, citizenship, race, and of course geographic location – How do I properly confront these problems as an individual in the most beneficial way to the public? I want to help, and I want to be heard – if I can contribute to the volume of our collective voice, just how loud should I be? This line – the volume, the level. I think about it constantly.
Perhaps this will create the effect I want to achieve in creating awareness for OA, by immersing people in a world where they can FEEL its presence:
“Using the existing light box template I will create a three dimensional habitat in which the viewer can immerse and fuse with. Inside the dwelling they will be surrounded by opening and closing shutters, a full sphere soundscape, and pulsating lighting effects. Playing with and disrupting the viewer’s senses of sight and sound, the space will immerse the viewer in the hectic, placid, and disruptive states of a natural disaster, creating a feeling of isolation and a loss connectivity to the outside world.”