Laboratory for Other Worlds, The Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh, PA) 2019-2020
Laboratory for Other Worlds is an immersive installation centered around a stop motion animation set. It uses an off-grid solar panel system alongside handmade and recycled materials to forge connections between green technology, science fiction, and the ecological imaginary.
This installation/video set took the form of a laboratory built around a model landscape depicting the ruins of a fictional planet. The overall installation/set design could be thought of as a meditation on species entanglement, interconnected technologies, and animal/plant/landscape/machine hybridity.
Mushroom Cyclops Protest Sign is a short narrative stop motion video that tells a story in the form of laboratory notes. While being observed by unseen but omnipresent “scientists” the damaged landscape is bathed with rays of dark and light emanating from a mysterious but tender spacecraft. The light awakens the dormant Mushroom Cyclops Protest Sign, which emerges from the landscape, casts a gleaming eye back at the observers, and begins cycling through messages of collective action, activating the planet’s surface with movement and sound.
Video tour of Laboratory for Other Worlds