Cristina Gaitán

Ecological Imagination

Degree | MFA, Design, Interaction, 2015
School | California College of the Arts, San Francisco

Artist's Statement

The work I present here focuses on enabling a sense of ecological imagination in the urban population of San Francisco. I examine water systems as a typology of natural systems, seeking to make massive scales and systems legible at the human scale. My work is a body of discrete performative objects deployed as interventions into public and private urban space. By designing disjunctive moments of noticing, I am asking people to investigate their relationship, understanding and connection to the natural networks that surround them. We have myopically evolved to perceive only a limited scope of the scales of time and space, creating dissonance when interpreting ideas of a larger terrestrial and celestial systems. We have created technologies that reach far beyond our narrow existential understanding of the world, to how things are connected. Conceiving of an alternative scalar model of interaction with natural and infrastructure system is in order. The ambition of my work is the development of processes to (re)connect people to the earth, one another and the self.

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