Our culture’s infrastructure of speed, from the engine to the signal, characterizes our heightened technological conquest to overcome space as a barrier. Yet the consequences of such technological achievements is in many ways contradictory to its purpose, which this project aims to explore. Specifically, my investigation is into the state of otherness, emphasizing the unintended materials, accidental strategies, and impersonal technologies, which consequently induce perpetual heterotopias: spaces of otherness.
The fundamental layout for the installation consists of one dark room in which a 6ft tall plexiglass tower stands, projecting shadows on white walls. Moving at the base and near the top of the tower are LED lights rotating on servo motors to cast the shadows of civic infrastructure which are engraved on the clear plexiglass.
At the top of the tower is a panning camera capturing the dynamic shadow interplay cast from the engraved images and the viewers as they come in the room, which is displayed on a monitor outside the room. There is another monitor displaying an abstract video with sound on urban movement, speed, light, refractions of the tower, and its digital altercation.
For the installation at UC San Diego, I divided the installation space into 3 rooms. This included the entryway, juxtaposing the physical space with monitors, cameras, and mirrors.
The overall goal is that viewers sense the heterotopic displacement manifested through contemporary infrastructure being expressed through the space, lighting, video, and sound of the installation.