This body of work exists across a variety of material platforms and examines issues of control and the illusion of control, voyeurism and surveillance, and an engagement with violence in a variety of systems.
Administrative Maximum: Towards the End of the Broadcast
HTML Website with interactive flash animation, live feeds, and sound // 2011-2012
Administrative Maximum: Towards the End of the Broadcast is an interactive web project that investigates issues of control, desires for mediated violence, and the nature of the voyeuristic impulse in a culture where technology both limits autonomy and provides for unmitigated possibilities for utopian agency in the world of digital fantasy. An aggressive and oversaturated network of stimuli and possible performance strategies, the viewer is given moments of choice only to be thwarted by predetermined outcomes that reveal the impossibility of winning. The site is developed from several hundred pages of interactive flash animations and games, live video feeds combed from the internet, and sound, and is continuously being expanded.
Administrative Maximum: Radio Perimeter Forcefield Counterbalance
five fm radio transmitters, live microphones, five-channel radioforcefield generated in the space of the Nelson Gallery while traveling at digitally-enhanced rapid speed in a clockwise motion, amplifiers, portable radios // 2011
In Administrative Maximum: Radio Perimeter Forcefield Counterbalance, the listener has the opportunity to covertly listen in on microphones suspended at various points in the gallery—only to be interrupted over and over again by a radio forcefieldthat was generated while traveling rapidly around the perimeter of the gallery. Suturing all the frequencies together and moving in synchronization and cyclically in the invisible space, this forcefieldheightens the awareness of listening while also preventing the listener from getting the full satisfaction of understanding the entirety of the conversation or event.
Administrative Maximum: Model Shell Construction with Radio Forcefield
Gesso and Gouache on Chipboard, live microphone and stand, amplifiers, powered speaker, fm radio transmitter, DVD with stereo sound, portable radio, and headphones // 2011
Administrative Maximum: Model Shell Construction with Radio Forcefield also makes use of pirate radio but for a different purpose. A live microphone on the model suggests a performance, but the object is really a decoy for the hypnotic effects of the forcefield (generated from the feedback created by the microphone, recorded, and optimized for stereo motion between the ears).
This series of drawings emerging from the larger Administrative Maximum project includes multiple permutations of what might constitute the “administrative maximum” prison structure, as appears in Administrative Maximum: Towards the End of the Broadcast and Administrative Maximum: Model Shell construction with Radio Forcefield. In addition, there are several meditative drawings visualizing “forcefields” that are produced using a tiny brush and a series of very thin outlines around seemingly invisible structures. Both of these bodies of drawings were utilized in the finalization of larger components of the project.