Concrete Entanglements is a Virtual Reality work created in collaboration with Seniors from the class of 2017 in the Art and Technology Program at the University of Florida.
Work from 2010 to present.
The economic crash of 2008 was tangible to those living in Lehigh Acres, Florida, epicenter of the foreclosure crisis in the United States. Many were first time homebuyers, people of color, young couples beginning families, all desiring their chance at the mythic American Dream. Promises were made, but unfortunately their desires were mere grist for the Desire Miners mill.
Once upon a time, the United States thought of itself and the future as miraculous. Titusville, Florida was the home of the National Aeronautic Space Administration, Johnson Space Center. Like so much of the United States, it was a victim of the crash of 2008, witnessed here by the demolition of the Miracle City Mall in 2015. With destruction comes the potential for renewal. Hole asks us to consider how we might reclaim a more just vision of the future.
Miracle City Mall demolition party, Titusville, Florida, 2015.