The power of archaeology in nationalist struggles springs from the fiction that archaeology is an objective science and from the obfuscation of the political endeavor. Nationalists use archaeology both to prove their myths dispassionately and to reveal and reconstruct an “authentic” objectified heritage.” – Archeology as a Political Action Randall H. McGuire, University of California […]
Using the vast archive of photographic imagery available online, this project addresses the constructs of identity and image. Searching “happy woman in relationship” on Google Image, I find common themes in the photographic archive and then reenact the reenactments of the happy couples in the images. I then manipulate them with Photoshop to create compositions […]
JoyAbound® is a fictitious company that provides advice to women about how to lead a happier life. This project addresses the constructs of identity as articulated through Internet advertising, imagery, and text. JoyAbound® is constructed as a trade show booth within the gallery. The main section of the performance has a reception desk, attended by […]
Using the vast archive of photographic imagery available online, this project addresses the constructs of identity and image. Searching “happy woman” on Google Image, I find common themes in the photographic archive and then reenact the reenactments of the happy women in the images. I then manipulate them with Photoshop to create compositions that respond […]
Using a digital microscope, gallery visitors investigate various materials in Petri dishes and draw and write their observations in the notebook provided.
The Ship of Fools originated from various explorations of the concept of hell. A couple of years ago a few of my projects dealt with a construction of a hell environment, modeling it on the formal organization of Dante’s Inferno. I was interested in developing several layers within this environment, including one of the outer […]
“Investigation” of Project Nike launch and control sites still visible around the Bay Area, imagining alternative narrative to their original purpose. Participant/contributor: Michael Goodier.
This project was done over three weeks at Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. Searching “fun vacation in Florida” on Google Image and reenacting the scenes in the photographic archive. Participants: Jane Claire, Bonnie Abner, Chase Star, Tom Smith, Aram Bartholl.
Investigation of ceremonies and public rituals that are intended to reaffirm collective identity. It looks at patterns, choreography and aesthetic traditions and formalities common to collective ritual and ceremonies done by communities such as the kibbutz movement where I grew up. Those composed celebrations generate a sense of community and power and can transform the […]
Interactive installation/performance of a fictitious water company providing custom-designed water concoctions. It is a hybrid between a juice bar and a custom- designed perfume boutique. Water experts dressed in company uniforms provide guidance and assist visitors in choosing their individual water mixtures. Experts mix the formulas from a large selection of “water compound” bottles, which […]
Investigating text in different context– new meanings are generated when tonality of voice, delivery and aesthetics change. Reading You Sexy Thing (I Believe In Miracles) by Errol Brown. Participants: Melissa Santala, Becky Lo Dolce and Paul Grayson.
Alternative Histories investigates archaeology as a political method by which myths and Israeli national identity are constructed. It is a social engagement project executed in 2013 in Israel. Some of the pivotal stories on which Israeli collective memory have been established, and on which archaeological investigations were constructed, such as the Masada narrative, have now been […]