Dromotopic Dissonance

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.

GROUP SHOW AT LA JOLLA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, SEPTEMBER 21-JANUARY 21 2018, “ARCHITECTURE OF FOUR ECOLOGIES: SAN DIEGO”

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Thanks to everyone that came out to the opening on Friday and to all the awesome artists that are a part of it! A special thanks @rebeccawebbstudio and La Jolla Historical Society for putting it on and orchestrating the exhibit. It is a very special and unique show commenting on transportation, communication, infrastructure, future autonomy, environmental impact and much more controversial issues that effect us all when it comes to logistical modernity. Not only is the exhibit aesthetically amazing, but very insightful in bringing awareness to contemporary urban issues.The show is called "San Diego: Architecture of Four Ecologies" and it runs for the next six months! #art #artshow #gallery #design #architecture #techart #electronicart #environment #diy #makerart #makermovement #installationart #immersivearr #lightart #shadows #ecology #infrastructure #contemporaryart #urban #urbanart #4eco

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“San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies” on view through January 20, 2019. Video of projection and kinetic sculpture by @abekingvideo “This exhibition takes as it inspiration British architectural historian Reyner Banham’s treatise Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, a tribute to LA as a “mobile city." San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies similarly pays homage to San Diego as a city of change and possibility, with a focus on the car as the current and predominant means to access and experience four of its own ecologies: Beaches, Freeways, Sub/urban and Border. Four Ecologies is organized around these terrains, providing a gateway to engender dialogue about how we navigate and engage each environment. Works in various media—including drawing, painting, photography, installation, and video—will illuminate San Diego’s evolving narrative about the relationship between the automobile, architecture, and the environment. Participating artists include: Doug Aitken, Abe King, Cy Kukenbacker, Robert Minervini, Margaret Noble, Jens Ochlich, Rene Peralta, Hector Perez, Iana Quesnell, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Dustin Shuler, Paul Turounet, UCSD Design Lab/Colleen Emmenegger, Gareth Walsh, and Michael Webb. Essay contributors include: Jennifer Luce FAIA, Kent Yoshimura, Bruce Appleyard, Lawrence Herzog, and Bruni Mori.” Curated by Rebecca Webb @rebeccawebbstudio 📸: @chiessary

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FIRST YEAR REVIEW SHOW, APRIL 30 & 31 2017

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