This is Ar CITY. This is OUR city. Here we stand, together, under towering constellations that outshine the stars. We are a congregation gazing in awe at the things we've built. Your aura is green: look into the light. Look within for the chroma you choose to ignore. We've never been closer. You've never been more alone.
This work was originally a site specific video work made for the 2013 edition of EXPANDED CINEMA: MultipliCity, curated by Mona Kasra, exhibited on the LED surface of Dallas' OMNI Hotel as part of the 26th Annual Dallas VideoFest. The original video was unwatchable on normal screens. This version includes new footage and audio created over 2016.
For much of 2013, the iconic green lights of the Bank of America Plaza in downtown Dallas were dark as renovation was underway to replace the argon fixtures (which had been on the building's surface since it was finished in 1985) with LED tubes similar to those on the OMNI. This work is a kind of elegy for the older technology, highlighting the skyscraper's conspicuous darkness by transposing it's green lights onto a neighboring structure. The images are made simple for viewing on the astonishingly low resolution display, and doubled in order to wrap around both sides of the building.