Apr 2014 - Mar 2015
HighlandPark® a city of “Transmutation”HighlandPark® is a futuristic neighborhood in Los Angeles 2050 that has undergone a version update. Our current virtual landscapes of Los Angeles are inaccurate and degenerative to our understanding of the city.
The visual record we are constantly generating is that of tourism, commercialism, and a passive amnesia toward the history of the city. Most places with a rich history are long forgotten due to the man altered landscape; climate change, gentrification, industrialization, capitalism.
In a proposed future where this persists alongside an ever-growing, ever-evolving digital landscape, I’m interested in the following questions:
What places are rendered? What places are erased? How are these various outputs rendering LA neighborhoods as an unfamiliar landscape?
There is a discrepancy with the way these platforms display and render real locations and businesses.
What will be forgotten and what will be restored/remembered and ultimately transmuted?
Tools: MadMapper, Blender, Illustrator