Sam Kronick's MFA Thesis Show

NETWORKS + NEW TOWNS

A video screening with words and objects

Gallery Exhibition 3-5 April 2013, 2-6PM

Screening on Thursday, April 4th, 7PM

UC San Diego, Visual Arts Facility Main Gallery on Russell Lane
9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California 92093

Buried cable - Walled gardens - Transposed signs - Desert data centers - Restrictive covenants - Unbuilt domed cities - HOA secessionists
-- Totemic antenna

NETWORKS + NEW TOWNS is an extended site study of Jonathan, Minnesota and related areas. The suburban neighborhood of Jonathan was one of the first "totally planned communities" in the Midwest, born during the short-lived "New Town" movement of the late 1960's. It grew up during an era characterized by great faith in the power of urban planning and the transformative potential of communications technology. This work uses Jonathan as a microcosm to understand the ways that we augment the earth with matter and data in an ongoing pursuit of better living.

This one-hour screening will present new footage shot in Jonathan over the past year interspersed with several actions performed between Minnesota and counterpoint sites in the desert of Southern California. The video will be narrated live using texts written during the course of the project and pulled from archival documents. Also on display will be a set of model network objects in various permutations.

Proto-Internet - Cybernetic fantasies - New Urbanist nightmares - Natural cooling - Fiber optic ritual - Graphic scams - Locked gates - Model model cities