EXHIBITED MARCH 1 - APRIL 1, 2012
CONTINUES AS A LIVING ARCHIVE ONLINE
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Gallery
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
I created this piece in reaction to the documentary footage that became part of the culture of Occupy Wall Street viewership. When I was not observing the occupation in-person at Zuccotti Park and other physical spaces in New York City, I engulfed myself in video-surrogate – mainly in the form of live streams of raw, handheld video or event artifacts upload to YouTube. My oversaturation with and overindulgence in this material eventually led me to resent this sort of hyper-documentation and its obsession with witnessing and cataloging reality. I needed to make something completely unreal and attempt to undo the documentarian efforts that my colleagues and classmates felt the need to undertake – if only as a way to balance how ‘the camera’ fit into this whole event. Did it have to be used only as a means of witnessing and keeping record? I needed to balance this dogma and everything I was seeing because of it with my own private version of the events.