SAVAGENESS; Or, There Are Veins Embraced in the Property* is a mixed-reality performance that taps the sprawling veins of modern architecture and telecommunications infrastructures. In September 2017, as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, we activated the metamorphic, collaborative anatomy of the art space 6018|North, located in a dilapidated mansion on Chicago's far North Side. Integrating 3D scans of the house itself, SAVAGENESS mines unseen depths of space and telegraphically coded language to expose the materials and human labor that make the networked domesticity of urban life possible.
Combining original and archival sources, and employing a custom augmented reality system, the artists project poetic reformulations of history through high-resolution Lidar scans of 6018|North to create an immersive, yet otherworldly experience of the space.
Principal collaborators: Jennifer Scappettone, Judd Morrissey, Abraham Avnisan
Sound work: Mark Booth and Adam Bach
*Title extracted from The New General & Mining Telegraph Code (New York and London: American Code Co., 1905)