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 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 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. Here, users are handed a control system and prompted to be the developer, with choices of to protect the old buildings or to tear them down and build new high rises.
What will people do when it's just a game? What will people do when its real life?