Surveillant Space

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Surveillant Space

Long Island City is in the midst of a transition from its industrial past to a cultural tourism destination. Cultural institutions are moving to the area but will fail to attract visitors unless the city becomes easier to navigate. This project presents a photography museum temporally and spatially distributed as a series of pavilions. The dispersed locations connect the existing cultural institutions and create sidetracks for tourists to explore Long Island City. The main location of the museum acts like a control center where the archive and exhibitions are administered.

The museum makes reference to the rhetorical power of images and new technologies capable of engineering a new reality for the observer. It alludes to new methods of observation –surveillance technologies—that shift the referential value of the image from a testimony to a trace independent of intention. Like a surveillance video, the building is intended to create a space that is exhibits no central experience or difference except over extended distances. Unassertively, the building sits still but is surrounded by a changing setting. It detects and reveals multiple frames suggesting a space that is infinitely variable despite the inherent sameness.