Menagerie — The Trial of Spock

This project aims to rethink the traditional interview and open up radically new possibilities for public discourse. In particular, I ask how delegating the responsibility of question formation to a collective body will transform the social dynamics of interview interactions…the project will enable groups to talk to each other as if two individuals were having a single conversation. I call this new form “many-as-one to one-as-many” (McVeigh Schultz 2008)

The proposed installations mine their materials and arrangements from a wide history of media and memory technology (e.g. paper, text, textiles, flora, furniture, vhs tape, punch cards, video, computers, cardboard, compact disc, light, gold, plastic bags, glass, silicon, mirror, wire, internet). These materials are assembled into spatial architectural features (e.g. quilts, curtains, walls, tents, cabinets, windows, openings, and audio/visual devices ) that will create two comparable spaces for the consideration of children, technology, geography, and their world-making. The distinct design of the two spaces emerges from the logics inherent to their degree of territorialization or deterritorialization. The interior installation (more deterritorialized) is a light, collapsible, modular, temporary, nomadic tent. Its materials are ephemeral, portable, and geographically local, suggesting improvisation, environmental responsiveness, and permeability. The exterior installation (more territorialized) is constructed from climate control parts (lights/fans) and refined domestic objects and that are heavy, enduring, wooden, concrete. (Travelslight 2009)