media: de-accessioned police cruisers with lightbars, temporary walls
(written and planned in Fall 2014)
“Conflict Resolution” (working title) considers the level of police action and citizen response as an escalating dynamic of non-compliance leading to intractable conflicts.
Reacting to the ubiquitous presence of the police signified by their distinctive automobiles, a predatory symbol of institutional authority, I have become interested in the after-market auction purchase of these cheap cars by lower economic classes, which encourages a pseudo-policing of lower-socioeconomic neighborhoods by their own citizenry through the co-opted symbol.
By toppling or flipping several of these de-accessioned cruisers (with the lights still pulsing) and building them into (temporary) walls a comment is made on institutionally embedded authority, while rendering the potentially threatening mobility of the vehicles inert. Minimalist forms of the vehicle bodies will protrude from the walls, hinting at the shapes inside. Utilizing the pulsing lights and toppled vehicles will create a cathartic rave-like atmosphere, a socially permissible shifting of the fear response into emotional release.