” … 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 and robotically carved from Egyptian 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 Dubai, 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 colonizing magic trick being offered up by the spectacle- the power to make physical heritage disappear and reappear as a placeless facsimile.