For this exhibition, we have two goals: first, to make physical the multi-dimensional and multi-modal exploratory qualities of Feral Atlas’s digital platform within the studio landscape. Second, we are hoping to emphasize the open-ended and evolving nature of what constitutes a feral entity through the inclusion of new feral objects that are notable to the greater Houston area. Some of our proposed Houston objects are mentioned below:
Creosote - tar used to waterproof wood that resulted in a cancer cluster in 5th ward, a historically black Houston neighborhood.
MRSA - Also known as Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA cases are known to increase during flooding events (notably Hurricane Harvey in 2017) as people wade through floodwaters and the virus spreads.
These new objects would be displayed alongside the original feral objects found in the virtual platform. They would be denoted as a “Houston Feral Object” through the use of color coded tags.
In order to translate the feral atlas landscape into a three-dimensional space, we will utilize the compartmentalized nature of the Solar Studios. Solar Studios consists of three converted shipping containers, an outdoor platform and walk up, and 3 outdoor projection screens. We plan on housing feral objects from the landscape detonators Acceleration, Empire, and Capital each in a different studio, and displaying objects from Invasion in the outdoor patio and surrounding greenspace. We plan to have small printed replicas of the virtual watercolor images from each landscape detonator present on the glass doors leading into the shipping crate.
Cindee Travis Klement
Henry G. Sanchez
Dr. Matt McCary
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