GRANDMA'S HOUSE

Living Room Installation, entire contents of original room reinterpreted

From September 2013 to August 2014, I lived and performed my life inside a re-installation of my grandmother's New Jersey home in Pittsburgh PA.  

 

I emptied her house as our family prepared to move her into a nursing home, and I brought several U-haul trucks filled with all her belongings to an empty house in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

 

I had few personal belongings other than the inherited contents of my grandmother.  She had begun to develop signs of alzheimer's and was unfortunately forced to live in a small room in a nursing home.

 

I gave semi-weekly tea parties where I gave performances based on home movies.  Each was unique and spontaneous for the guests.

 

Each evening I had the choice to sleep in my grandmothers bed or a bedroom filled with my childhood belongings.  

 

The project was an experiment in how media and memory are intertwined, how life is re-mediated by the methods we use to capture it, and how we are formed as a result of our environment, objects, belonging and family.  

 

 

I took several thousand digital photographs over and over again, daily, of the rooms and objects.  

 

I created an associative 3D space out of these several thousand photographs, and mapped it out in 3D to resemble the orientation of the original architecture.

 

Using video processing software, I was able to extract a motion path that followed the handheld camera movements of my grandmothers old home videos, as she followed me as a child giving a tour of the house.

 

Placing this motion data on a virtual camera, the footage above was produced, a digital home video combining my grandmothers perspective with the modern incarnation of the space.   

 

Dining Room Installation, entire contents of original room reinterpreted

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Grandmother's bedroom installation, entire contents of original room reinterpreted

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Kitchen Installation, entire contents of original room reinterpreted

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Children's room, (both mine on weekend and my mother's old room), entire contents of original room reinterpreted

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