Master Builder, 2019
Interactive Video Installation using Projection Mapping and Midi Controls
Images of buildings rising and falling, programed to react by a host of buttons, places the user of this interactive installation in the position of authority. Those interacting with the interface are prompted to make decisions on the design of this simulated urban landscape without consideration of the effects such decisions would have on surrounding neighborhoods. A variation of new and old buildings projected mapped onto pedestals suggests the possible displacement of native communities and the influx of new demographics and new money. When you have the power to press the command buttons, what decisions will you make? Will you tear down family homes and familiar landmarks to build high-rises? Or will you protect the neighborhood from falling down? The title, Master Builder, brings up sentiments of American Slavery and the white mans historical role of unethically playing puppet master, but is more specifically in reference to Robert Moses, a mid 20th century developer who single handedly reshaped the urban fabric of New York City and displaced many communities in his path. He was known for ruthlessly tearing neighborhoods and cultures apart for his vision of this city. Here, we are handed the same control system and prompted to be the developer. What choices will you make?