” … 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.

” … the oldest new structure in the history of this city.” Piazza della Signoria, Florence. 2017. Altered Video. 59 seconds on loop. Dimensions variable.

Unlimited Unveil. 2D Documentation of a Virtual Reality Experience. 2018. VR Experience. 43 seconds on continuous loop. Technical Assistance by Jeremy Rotsztain.

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