My work documents evidence of human interactions in man-made environments through first-hand observation of transient poverty culture. This data is compiled to pollinate and present diverse techniques of expression including participatory installation, voyeuristic sound and documentation through paintings and other art objects.
Upgrade Appropriation: a process of appropriating ready-made objects and replacing them with upgraded items. The appropriated items are presented as art objects that have witnessed human interaction from their previous locations.
Transient Motel is an exhibition that investigates the interactions of people and physical environments in low-income areas of Daytona Beach, Florida. The purpose of the exhibition is to raise social awareness of low-income communities among the public through visual art.
Interactions between motel guests were documented as first-hand sound recordings of conversations, interviews and other activities. These recordings are projected through speakers within a constructed life-sized replica of the motel rooms in which they were recorded. Found and appropriated furniture and fixtures from the actual rooms are arranged within the replica as objects of art to familiarize the public with conditions of poverty.
During my exhibition, the public is encouraged to participate by entering and exploring the replica of the motel room. The participant experiences authentic objects, sounds and smells of Daytona Beach motel rooms that have been inhabited by victims of transient poverty.
Construction and Design
The installation is designed whereby every unit is constructed using 4’X8’ frames including the walls and flooring. Acoustic tiling commonly used in human-interactive work spaces envelops the wall surfaces. Alongside their sound depleting properties, the white tiles are symbolic of our everyday work environment. The walls create 9 narrow corridors 24’ in length. The narrow width of each corridor compels close public interaction.
The space above the walls is designed without a joining ceiling which creates balance, perspective and rhythm. Light and time providebecome a factor in the aesthetic of the open air design
The installation’s sound design was the result of extensive research on how sound interacts with different materials, and how everyday environments, particularly man-made environments, have their own acoustic characteristics based on the surrounding materials (i.e. wood, metal) and influenced by the reverberation of our architectural surroundings. Research extended to thinking about how this sonic landscape we preside in, influences our behaviour, how we interact with our environment and the people that live within it.