SANCTUARIES, INSTITUTIONS, WOODLANDS, and INFRASTRUCTURES are projects consisting of HD digital animations, digital prints, drawings, and sculptures.
Synopsis: INSTITUTIONS is a short animated film that envisions an imaginary community’s existence on a lonely array of ocean-going barges. A series of short vignettes show the small-town institutions that a community requires: each barge bears a building with a different function. One carries a county courthouse, with a monument to the Ten Commandments placed in front. Another barge supports a detention center, surrounded by barbed wire. Everything necessary for communal living is found, a grocery store, perversely placed adjacent to a gun shop vies for patronage. The population, however, is unseen, but sensed, as though they have just ‘disappeared’. This lack of ‘actors’ increases a sense of alienation and mystery – what exactly is happening here? Why have people ended up on these barges? Has there been a catastrophe? Is this the future of our society? The animation culminates when the barge, bearing the convenience store and its neon signs and car alarms, is overcome by heavy seas.