Partial Documentation of my Queens Museum studio installation, and of the Corona Park environment. Video employs a 360-degree camera, and a sequence in which multiple cameras are embedded in a partially-disassembled sculpture ( l’Hermitage, an interface for the Little Syria Archive originally built for the 2015 Artist in the Marketplace Biennial at the Bronx Museum of Art), which is wheeled around the Corona Park grounds.
6 mins 34 secs
Produced for BRIC Television, Media Arts Fellowship
A cycle of short mixed-media animations loosely transcribing The Book of Khalid (1911) by my relative Ameen Rihani. The video was produced in stereoscopic 3D, the tension between the two optical channels relating to the dual protagonists of this forgotten proto-Orientalist novel.
This series of works arose from the study of Little Syria , and is to some extent a culmination of the Little Syria Archive and related preservation work.
This project began with research into the disapeared Lower Manhattan neighborhood of ‘Little Syria’, the al Mahjar literary movement that blossomed there, and over the years involved historic preservation efforts, documentation and maintenance of an historical archive, a participatory parade in conjunction with the 2015 Armory Show, and a two-year residency at the Queens Museum (2014-2016) during which ephemera from the archive were situated into an evolving sculptural installation in conversation with the utopiam architectural visions and urban renewal operations of Robert Moses.