” … the oldest new structure in the history of this city.”


” … the oldest new structure in the history of this city.” Trafalgar Square, London.Altered Video. 2017. 42 seconds.

 


” … the oldest new structure in the history of this city.” City Hall Park, New York. Altered Video. 2017. 7 seconds. Original footage courtesy Claire Voon.

 

Unlimited Unveil. 2D Documentation of a Virtual Reality Experience from Ryan Woodring on Vimeo.

 

Less than six months after the Monumental Arch of Palmyra was destroyed by ISIL in 2015, it was reborn as a ⅓ scale replica at the fingertips of the London-based Institute for Digital Archaeology. 3D modeled and robotically carved from Egyptian marble, the new arch is a refugee monument. It is built of easily disassemblable parts and crated all over the Western world, from London to New York to Dubai, to take part in highly mediated unveiling ceremonies as a proposed symbol of unity with Syrian citizens. My work, in which I digitally remove the arch from several of these unveiling scenes, looks to distill the essential neoliberal magic trick being offered up in the spectacle- the power to make physical heritage disappear and reappear as recolonized and placeless objects.

research database for this project available here.

instructables on my process: here.