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May 9, 2010

New VisPo: “new construction.” >>> whose innocence?


May 10, 2010  Decided to add this:

This piece started with a sign. “New Construction Available…” was a sign shining its face in the middle of a ton of vines backed by trees. It was part of someone’s yard, but you could barely see the house or any suburban “development” when looking the sign straight on. The irony of placing that sign in the middle of greenery began a process of asking questions, reflected in this piece, about our “constructions.” Building construction (many times taking green space), “nature” construction (our views about what “nature” is and how it differs from what “nature” is not), our construction of the “other” such as indigenous peoples (from whom we take and build our own “culture”)–and multiple other ways we “construct” our reality–but, more importantly, for me in this piece–how we justify those “constructions,” innocence being one concept used to justify quite a few things. So, I asked, can nature be “innocent” (usually a moral category)–and could something that looks like a type of colonization be “innocent”? The grass in the piece is from a protected green space in Georgia. The other images are from a loft complex in Atlanta.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2010 12:59 am

    Nice but I confess that I had to google Soren Kierkegaard.

  2. May 17, 2010 11:47 am

    Thank you! And I’m sure you’re not the only one to have to google him. His thought was really influential for me, though, and I had to respond artistically in addition to academically and philosophically/theologically. Thanks for taking the time to look it up. 🙂

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