DNP: Commonalities, 2016-2017

Oppositional Guided Sound Bath of a Non-Space (gesture 1), 2016


I have a running list of elements that appear commonly, and I use them to condition the viewer into specific behavioral gestures. This could be as simple as using a seating device or a fluorescent light. Whether it be the natural, digital, or fluorescent light is important to the installations that I create. By dislocating this type of material into a disparate environment, it allows the viewer to enter my constructed Non-Space with a mindset of familiarity. I then turn things on their head by interjecting the space with an abundance of the familiar, underscoring it so that it denormalizes its mundanity. At its core the relationship to sound and light can be used as catalysts for social occurrences to happen. I also film inside synthetic spaces such as models and present them in installations as projections, so that the viewer encounters what appears to be a neutral or pure site, only to find out that it doesn't exist or it is simply a facade such as, Oppositional Guided Sound Bath of a Non-Space. This play between the real site and the imagined might be the only point where the Non-Space is indeed real- but as a theory or metaphorical categorization. My work is its deconstruction, which brings about, through installation, a re-viewing of the real spaces and the gestures our body makes in those sites; learned, behavioral or symptomatic. What can those behaviors reveal about our current society? I present this deconstruction in Decay of the Non-Space; Commonalities. In this work I compiled a list, from site visits and from the architectural firm mentioned previously, of all the architectural elements found in Non-Places. I then created an installation where I places these things around the space. I added tactile transducers emitting sound into various locations in the floor so that as viewers walked around they were “located” by the sound. I also had dual projections, pulsing archival images on to the walls in the space. This piece serves the paradox of Augè’s places by physically alerting viewers either by sound or material to a type of space. By representing the components of a site they are used to in a new manner and by jarring their experience through the floor vibrations, it creates a Non-Space.


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