Low pressure area March 12 — June 19, 2022
Justin Adams, Ashlyn Pai, Alex Knost, Amy Yao, Sofia Heftersmith, Daniella Murphy, Ashley Montague, Jesse Wardlow, Mauro Diaz, Kennedy Cusato, Warren Smith, Stony Creation (live)
Affect speaks to me, or at least it speaks through me. The deep red color of my curtain enters into an existential constellation with the falling night, in the twilight hour between dog and wolf, engendering an affect of uncanniness that devalues all the clarities and urgencies pressing upon me just moments before, to plunge the world into a seemingly irremediable emptiness.
—Félix Guattari, Schizoanalytic Cartographies
Spiral smear of dirt collected from the baseball diamond at Salazar Park. A site where soil was remediated for heavy metals and lead contamination. The dirt is also being processed and tested at Rutgers for toxic substances. Yao chose the location based on a found data set of the most contaminated areas from Exide in Los Angeles. Each location she chose is a public space adjacent to the residential property that was “cleaned”. The city and Exide only clean dirt from residential properties and not neighboring public or industrial spaces. The question she poses is what stops dirt from moving and migrating and recontaminating the “cleaned up” spaces?
Mauro Diaz Autorretrato / Self-portrait, 2020
Stony Creation (live)
Jesse Wardlow, 8mm film, 2022
A short visual and symbolic representation of the striking contrast of Puerto Rico's urban and rural areas. The evident negative development of its flora and fauna into concrete jungles is shown visually with contrasting audios from rivers, the ocean, and the city. The end of the video is an optimistic portrayal of a brighter future, a cleansing of our land, society and the system (as the water cleanses the rock in the clip), but with a final take on our present status,
a confined and colonized flag behind rusty broken bars.