The final form of Information Retrieval will be a large-scale sculpture which indexes the form of Stonehenge, but is made from lowly disused filing cabinets. Stonehenge represents ancient time telling technology, it is believed to have helped the members of the community keep track of the annual cycle of time. While being cutting-edge technology of the time, it also is believe to have been a meeting place for members of the community surrounding it. In Information Retrieval, the filing cabinets that make up the post and lintel structures will be filled with memories donated by members of the community! I am interested in people recalling times in their life when they had an experience with the landscape (either built or natural) that was somehow impacted by technology. The technology could have augmented or hampered the experience, I am interested in both sides of the coin.
I have a very vivid memory of the first day I rode my bike with my first Walkmen knock-off. Placing those headphones on my head and playing that cassette tape as I rode the familiar streets of my neighborhood changed the entire experience. I was partially cut off from the environment, but at the same time my perception of it and my place in it was altered. I felt heroic. Riding my hand-me-down Schwinn on the streets and playgrounds I had covered countless times, I was renewed and re-energized. The tape was Kaleidoscope by Siouxsie and the Banshees, an album I love to this day.
This public art project relies on feedback from the public at the conceptual development phase. Please, answer the following questions and include your name and contact information, I will contact you if I chose to incorporate your ideas into the work, in order to properly credit your contribution.
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