How Will We Build
HOW WE BUILD (2011)
Termites, Laser Etched Pine, Acrylic, Web Camera, Google Earth Screenshots
How Will We Build is an exploratory ongoing process involving laser etching selections of google earth screen captures of the city of Chicago that are historically rooted in city planning, politics, and densely populated areas into pine boards. Termites are introduced into a controlled environment and begin to form their own city patterns by eating through the traditional human grid system and creating or “building” their own society against the grain of our own. I am interested in investigating what human forms the termites begin to build against or with our own in regard rectilinear forms or organic forms created by the topographical building view of humans. The maps are surveyed by 24 hour web cameras that capture an image of the termites destruction twice a day indefinitely.