Shabamanetica takes the form of two large spinning sculptures that evoke ships’ wheels. Spin a sculpture and images on its face come to life with the aid of an over-arching strobe light. The animations combine imagery from Shanghai, Panama, and Baltimore: three places connected anew by the recent expansion of the Panama Canal and dredging of the Port of Baltimore in preparation for the gigantic Neopanamax container ships. One sculpture considers industrial heydays- Baltimore’s past versus China’s young and blossoming – 'ghosts’ of Baltimore’s lost umbrella industry (the most productive worldwide in the early 20th century) fly over a landscape of Panama’s highland waterfalls where Shanghai students play with their parasols. The other zoetrope-sculpture presents Shanghai cargo-cyclists followed by the awe-inspiring ‘machine’ of canal operations spitting out an endless stream of poop-emoji pillows that are immediately disposed of.
For Light City Baltimore, 2017