The Landscape of This City is Violent and It Makes Me Anxious
The Landscape of This City is Violent and It Makes Me Anxious is a dazzling installation utilizing familiar language, a system of modularity (and chance), and site-specificity to interrogate the visual, physical, and economic landscape of urban environments. In neighborhoods across the country, it seems that a few people with a lot of money are extracting massive profits from real estate investments and (re-)development projects. Accompanying this activity are “AVAILABLE” and “DEVELOPMENT SITE” billboards and advertisements like it’s some kind of promise to the residents of the city for necessary accommodations in the future, such as grocery stores or community spaces. Though ironically—yet deliberately—subterfuge, this piece provokes and participates in conversation(s) regarding complex social and urban issues such as rising rent, cultural displacement, the erosion of civic life, and surveillance and privatization of urban space.