Brian Burnett
The Study Beneath

Interactive Installation
(exterior site specific view)
2002
Detritus, earthenware, wood, lights, acrylic plastic
6 sub-level, 6 above x 40 x 60
A site-specific outdoor installation exhibited at Thomas Jefferson High School. The work comprised of collected student/campus items that had been discarded along walkways, dumpsters, dormitories, etc. With the use of a hydraulic track hoe and adobe mix, the artifacts were imbedded into the walls and floor of the excavation. The elements became archeologically significant, characterizing the ritualistic behaviors and identity of the students, staff, and faculties that interacted within the specific boundaries of the campus culture. The pseudo scientific presentation was proposed to look as if it was an archeological dig in progress. The futuristic aim led to a type of self-reflexive analysis regarding time, entropy, and the socialistic values that accompany our radically evolving appetite for change and consumption.
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