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. The title, Master Builder, brings up sentiments of the white man unethically playing puppet master, but it, more specifically, is in reference to Robert Moses, a mid 20th century developer who brutally 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 the city. Thinking of this, and how violence and destruction are dehumanized in game-play, this installation hands users a control system giving them power to be "developer" with choices of to protect the old buildings or to tear them down and build new high rises. This installation was shown in Boston, MA and users who participated are currently experiencing gentrification - this piece confronts them with their positioning in the matter.