Virtual Reality presentation, with Sarah Nelson Wright
Exhibited as part of Change Ecologies at Radiator Gallery
December 2015 - January 2016.
(Originally exhibited using custom fabricated VR goggles, this video excerpt presents the 360 degree experience by stacking one 180 degree field of view over the opposing 180 degree view.)
"Over the River" is a virtual reality experience of a unique landscape that recently vanished from New York City’s waterfront. Hunter’s Point South is a large, formerly industrial site built on layers of landfill that was left fallow for 40 years and grew into a verdant forest with robust ecology. It was an accidental playground for a diverse group of visitors who wandered into this liminal space and experienced the magic of being alone in a forest atop a cliff across from the Manhattan skyline, hidden in plain site. In fall 2015, the city removed this forest to make way for high-rise condominiums and an official public park. This virtual reality documentary transports users to this uncanny urban space, allowing them to exist in a place that no longer exists.