Reflecting Pool (Metabolic Rift), 2017
Reflecting Pool (Atmospheric Pressure), 2017
A Temporary Site with GRNASFCK
Question: how to build a landscape when everything rots?
In Newburgh, a city cycling through growth and abandonment, we suggest the biodegradable* as landscape typology: not a return to dust but the ability to be re-absorbed; a foundation becomes a field becomes a theater becomes a foundation. "A Temporary Site" digests and reconstructs an erased domestic architecture - front stoop, basement, bay window, gardens - from industrial components, living organisms, and found materials that in turn anticipate their purposes lost and re-imagined.
Artist-In-Vacancy is a new initiative organized by Diana Mangaser and Newburgh Community Land Bank to reanimate vacant and abandoned properties in the city; "A Temporary Site" was realized with collaborative support from Atlas Industries and Millie Roy.
Press: Ben Schulman, "Lifting a Small Town Through a Land Bank Arts Program" on The Atlantic: Citylab
Reflecting Pool (Ego/Eco), Sonotube, mirror plexiglass, Anastatica hierochuntica, Florida water.
A site-specific work for Yes, I've had a facelift, but who hasn't?, 501(c)3 Foundation at Rudolph Schindler's Bethlehem Baptist Church, Los Angeles (Organized by Jessica Kwok, Shyan Rahimi & Nicholas Korody)
Lawn Redrawn, installation with New Affliates at 1.5 Rooms
Wilderplex is a network for ecological engagement and entertainment. Using motion-activated TrailCams, campers will map the woods of Beam Camp and design a technological interface for creative environmental monitoring. In the evening, images and video generated from this process will be projected in an outdoor, living theater which doubles as a space for discussions & movie screenings of all varieties.
Proposed for Beam Camp w/ GRNASFCK, 2017
Pathogen Party is a prototype for entertaining with dangerous organisms; proposing habitat as integrated domestic infrastructure, blending public air and pathogens with private space.
New Outer-Manhattan, End of summer, 20XX
After the monsoons of early summer (or is it late winter?), the wetlands along the coastal edge of what was central Brooklyn becomes thick with swarms of mosquitos. Public health officials issue warnings against nighttime activities in the height of mosquito season: West Nile Virus and Zika scares of the early 00s have since given way to diseases with more complicated names and symptoms.
But life goes on. The origin of “Pathogen Partying” remains a subject of urban lore, but there is a clear set of events which led to its popularly: the imposition of nightly curfews due to disease vector fear, the transformation of public parks into the territory of feral pets abandoned during the floods of last decade, and a post-millennial pursuit of a “natural high” as opposed to the pharmaceutical variety of previous generations. These events, combined with the realization that the habitat of the nightclub - blacklight, sweat, CO2 - is also the preferred habitat of The Swarm.
In darkened streets, Department of Public Health vans creep along, spraying long arcs of pesticides into clumps of cattails. On a block where street trees have now been replaced by riparian marsh grasses sprouting among crumbling sidewalks, a purple light serves as a beacon. Pathogen Parties are ad hoc affairs with revolving codenames and addresses: necessary measures to avoid DOH raids and citations for ‘reckless ecological behavior.’ Tonight, in the third floor walkup apartment, The Swarm congregates in ultraviolet. The audience has assembled and now they mingle amongst carbon-extruded ductwork: in a room, like a garden, like a nightclub, like a swamp.
Air re-circulation flexible ductwork, plexiglass, ultraviolet fluorescent lights, monofilament, crushed marble, Octenol 3, lemon tree, Culicidae.
b r a i d_t h e o r y is an industrial-strength spiritual cleansing.
Riperian plant mix, industrial tubing, anthracite, carboratum, bismuth, quartz crystal.
a project by GRNASFCK for COSMO at MoMA PS1
in collaboration with Andres Jaques Architects
Ice Age, inkjet prints, 2016
Suspended Harvest: Smog Farming in Mexico City - RISD MLA Thesis, 2011