Monstratsiya archive

Reappropriating absurdist Russian protest signs known as monstratsiya (-monstrations), the works call to loophole behaviors used to circumnavigate legal complications where illegibility and ‘invisibility’ are rendered as effective as direct action. Here, the act of archiving monstratsiya protest signs serves to document these ephemeral gestures and give them permanent form. The collection of monstrations includes: “Get me […]

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To be a pale copy

These photographic prints of Berenice Abbott’s images—taken for physics textbook studies of wave interference patterns of light through water—are repurposed as flags on fabric, emphasizing of their iconic compositions and central geometric forms. Abbott was part of various Parisian and New York City social circles of the time, including that of Modernist photographers and the […]

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Helping you see and be seen.

This 3-D animation recreates a specific class of lighthouse lenses invented in France during the 19th century and implemented throughout the United States in places like the Alcatraz penitentiary. Known as Fresnel lenses after the French engineer and physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel, they demonstrate Fresnel’s new theorization of wave optics and the behavior of light, yet visually present as ornate, baroque objects, varying endlessly from one case […]

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