A five minute extract from "DISSIPATION AND DISINTEGRATION: ANTENNAS AND DEBRIS BASINS IN THE SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS" a CLUI HD video exhibition from 2006-07.
For the full version see: vimeo.com/25846346
The San Gabriel Mountains are the northern limit of Los Angeles, the rim of the urban bowl. When measured from the base to the top - a vertical rise of nearly 10,000 feet - the San Gabriels are taller than the Rocky Mountains. This vertical shift next to a city known for its sprawl and cataclysmic climate, presents both a dilemma and an opportunity. At the base of the mountains lies an extensive system of flood control structures designed to hold back the cascading debris that tumbles down the disintegrating mountains. On the peaks, antennas radiate the transmissions of the city - its television, radio, taxis, fire, police, and telephones – telecommunications that hold the social fabric of the city together. The mountains are an ally and a menace.