Hello. These posters are analysis of a golf video shot by Blake Williams and featuring commentary by David Rackton. These posters are in-process and when finished posted to my website. Thanks for viewing.
three sound interiors for 'convergent frequencies' exhibition
copyright and image courtesy of Patrick Heagney
Convergent Frequencies was a group exhibition, curated by the i45 collective, involving myself and two other Atlantan artists Matt Gilbert and Matt Haffner. A vacant parcel on Krog street, where the two neighborhoods of the Old Fourth Ward (O4W) and Inman Park (IP) converge, was used as a platform to explore these neighborhoods, their spatial and cultural characteristics, and to provide a free and public event for a city in need of public art and neighborhood-scaled parties.
Three, 40 foot long shipping containers were rented and placed on the event site; the exteriors were covered in wheatpastings based on neighborhood imagery, and the interiors were filled with illuminated shipping pallet benches to sit or lounge on while listening to sounds.
Three sound installations were composed for each shipping container, using an extensive catalogue of field recordings - perambulations within the two neighborhood envelope - as a sound source. Each container and sound installation was accompanied by booklets comprised of text, mappings and diagrams. With all of the booklets, maps are marked with specific, real-time notations so that listeners can orient themselves at any time to the spaces they are hearing.
'The Space In-Between' is a six hour catalogue comprised of nine binaural recordings investigating the O4W and IP neighborhoods through the walking interace. The following is an excerpt of the text embedded within the booklet:
"…there are several other approaches, an infinite amount that you can discover and create yourself. it might be interesting to make a conscious or unconscious effort to design a database of observational methods that lead to different results, thus creating entirely new sound installations that i had no part of. try to orient, but then try to not orient yourself at all. try to be engulfed in the sounds around you. what does it sound like when you don’t know where you are? what happens when sound loses all of its meaning and context? does the soundscape create new spaces? does the perception of say, a car sound, get tweaked and manipulated somehow and turn into something else? something new? something old? or try visualizing these spaces that you might know or not know, and see if you can spawn other types of places that are simultaneously connected and disconnected.
another approach could be to leave this container entirely and start walking yourself. it’s interesting to me that i am presenting these transient experiences outside of their original context, and it might be a more honest gesture to simply suggest you walk yourself. do you walk? have you noticed what happens to the spaces around you as you slow down and move at a pedestrian speed, as opposed to a car or bike? have you noticed how your body reacts? such silly questions seem relevant to me as we quickly get further and further away from a non-abstracted life. what does that gas pedal really do for you that your feet don’t? why am i in such a hurry?…”
01:00 - 12:24 PM 80˚ cloudy and raining
see ‘convergent audio 1’ (below post)
11:35 - 12:13 AM 78˚ partially cloudy and windy
see ‘convergent audio 2’ (below post)
'missing things that make us us' is a collection of sound recordings that map public corridors that do not exist anymore. 42 intersections were deleted from public space when the Freedom Parkway was implemented due to car-based design. It’s interesting to think about the people who made these decisions - I would love to interview them - because there is a good possibility they thought they were doing a ‘good’ thing. The consequences of their decisions though were perhaps something they didn’t think of, thus asking the question of, how can I design thinking of what is urban planning comprised of, or, who is involved, or the main one for me: “if we have a complex situation with various peoples, times, speeds, cultures, and infinite variables, how do we plan for that?”
For various reasons, Atlanta started to design itself singularly with a priority given to the automobile, for both industrial and consumer use. but let’s face it: it was also an extremely political move based upon racism and prioritizing difference, and although it might still be an institutionalized rasict problem, it effects all of us who want to create a thriving city. It took a once integrated street grid with a rich carpet of public intersections, and adapted it to a car based system for spanning larger spatial segments. With people moving outside of the city limits to reside, this adaptation also favored the outsider to the insider, more interested in getting people disconnected to the environs they were traversing around town on highways and parkways with little contact to the city. Within the Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park neighborhoods, the Freedom Parkway is the primary example of this condition, severing public corridors that blocked neighborhood residents access to the spaces they resided in.
Map of audio recordings of erased public corridors, due to the Freedom Parkway
see ‘convergent audio 3’ (below post)
I also made some postcards and posters for this event…
Catch and Land is a sports design / observational design project. The following is the current iteration of its rules, realized in collaboration with Brian Parks (below), founder of mindbank.
1 It takes three people to play catch and land : two players and one commentator. Some matches have been announced by more than one commentator.
2 The only external equipment used is a tennis ball, preferably found. A megaphone can be used by the commentator if necessary.
3 Presented is the envelope of activity. It consists of two partitioned ﬁelds, remixed from the traditional french game of tennis, and a commentation envelope.
4 The two players take position in one of the partitioned ﬁelds, one player per ﬁeld. The commentator positions him/herself within the commentation envelope.
5 One player (the offender) attempts to land, by throwing, the tennis ball into one of the squares defended by his/her opponent.
6 Turns throwing alternate between the two players. The ball may not bounce before landing anywhere on the partitioned ﬁeld. the defender attempts to prevent the ball landing in a square, either by catching the thrown ball, or by deﬂecting it out of bounds with any part of his/her body.
7 Using the partitions on the ﬁelds, points are assigned to landing areas. pg (poly grand) = 1, af (alley front) = 1, pf (poly front) = 2, pb (poly back) = 3, and ab (alley back) = 4
8 Traditional games are won by the ﬁrst player to reach 10 points, with two wins out of three games determining a match’s winner.
This diagram maps out industrial water usage in the state.
Notice the relationship between A the amount of energy produced with a finite source (see georgia diagrams 001), and B the amount of water used to produce this energy in the overlay below:
Take for example Putnam county, which consumes the most water out of any other county - 9,867,400 gallons a day. Out of the total amount of water consumed in Putnam county, 99.7 % is consumed by thermoelectric usage by Georgia Power.
Second to Putnam County are these eleven counties. The majority of water consumed by these counties is due to thermoelectric usage, Georgia Power being the only company in the state under that industrial classification. Mining is a distant second - shown in light blue - compared to Georgia Power, shown in dark blue.
This is an ongoing project comprised of research and visualizations on the 159 county network of Georgia. This particular one maps all of the Georgia Power plants in the state, what type of power is generated, and the wattage produced for the 2008 year.
In 2008 Georgia Power invested 25.8 billion US dollars into its 36 power plants. Over 99% of the energy produced by these plants relies on fossil fuels as an energy source and/or for production needs. It would be interesting to see how much money Georgia Power spends on marketing for the appearance of being an organization dedicated to the environment and sustainable practices, versus the amount of money they spend on producing energy that doesn’t require finite sources.
On a national scale, 2 of the top 3 plants that produce the most carbon dioxide are Georgia Power plants - Bowen and the Robert Scherer plants in Bartow and Monroe counties respectively. The other plant in the top three is less than 80 miles from the Georgia border in Alabama.
What thing is this place was a competition submission, in collaboration with Kiem Ho, for the 2009 Rotterdam Biennale. As an exploration into the future of Jakarta - a vast, expanding and erupting metropolis - we were asked to envision a future for the city, and how it could potentially deal with its infrastructure and transportation problems. With most mega cities, infrastructure cannot match the pace of stresses brought on by the fluctuations of an overpopulated environment. As so, potentials can occur as simultaneous gathering spaces. Fluidly emerging around the city’s highway and street systems, they move through the city generating public space networks within the city’s interior and exterior spaces. As the flux of a large scale urban condition expands and contracts, the rigidity of a city (or the idea of a city) begins to fracture and the city adapts. As traffic moves toward critical density on roads and pathways, these fast, infrastructural corridors are now reduced to a slow crawl of unprogrammed space. Cars are frozen and movement is frozen, generating public space chain reactions.
People from all social and economic classes gather; collectively curious they emerge from their cars. As people adapt to the open city, their lives become more flexible, transient and nomadic; instantly at work or home, adapting to the indeterminate environs of the open city. The constant movement that emerges creates a constant redefinition of the city, it’s inhabitants, meaning and observation. The unknown becomes known. Work becomes home. A private office building becomes a night club. A highway becomes a football pitch. Where congestion is the most intense, public space generation flourishes. It generates simultaneous gathering events occurring on city streets, initiated by collectors and attractors of activity - small scale street vendors, food stands, musical acts, mobile libraries - and on larger, unknown scales. These simultaneous gatherings move throughout the city, and indeterminately populate for brief periods of time. The fluidity of movement suggests a city that moves within itself: a kinetic mesh of public spaces and activities that move the city, adopting dynamic roles for dynamic relationships.
I redrew the MARTA subway map, thinking it would be interesting to subtly change information on it, print full scale and install on subway cars. This iteration switches stop names, for expample the “Buckhead” stop is now “Bankhead,” “Five Points” is now “Chamblee” and “Vine City” is now “Lindbergh Center.” I thought it was interesting to think of people who were intending on going to a specific station, only to get out and be somewhere completely different. Some people get too comfortable in their environment, and this subway map can help them discover different parts of the city, and see new things.
Other map iterations could do different things. They could offer completely different information than the intended subway map, like this one with ambiguous spiritual navigation.
Me and some friends have been gradually walking the entire beltline, a 22 mile aggregate loop of train rail in Atlanta. Most of it is not used, but CSX is still using parts along the north and west rails. The city is turning parts of it into walkable paths this Spring, so these parts will never again look the way they look now.
At the design firm I work at, some of us were interested in seeing how we travel to and from work on a daily basis. We performed a poll asking some basic questions regarding their travel methods. Interestingly, the majority of people that answered the poll live within three miles of work, and a lot of these people walk.
Along with answering how close you live from work, each person answered their primary method of transportation to and from work.
Unfortunately, within all of these distance categories, the primary method of getting to work is to drive alone. This is understandable behavior for Atlanta, but I was surprised that even in a design firm that promotes sustainability, the majority of people do not make the lifestyle choices of sustainable behavior.
I finished a book last month that documents some work. It has a diversity to it: showing work in all sorts of disciplines and media, and through it’s collage-like, mixed up structure, some actual sense starts to emerge. It was a great exercise and experience to revisit some of these projects, redeveloping their stories after having time away from them. It made me think of the possible infinite lifespan of projects, how projects sometimes need dormancy in order to be themselves, and how the infiltration of another self from another time is critical to production and destruction.
It also documents several projects that have yet to be documented in book form. As I begin this new online presence, I hope to gradually share some of these projects, along with past, current and future projects of all scales, informal and formal.