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THE PEEKSKILL PROJECT

Archival footage of crashes from demolition derbies and the annihilation of residential structures during nuclear tests were used to create a short video loop. Playing the moments of destruction in slow motion, first backwards, then forwards, creates a cycle of implosion and explosion that becomes a meditation on the destructive cycles that our human history follows and our fascination with the act of destruction itself. The video loop plays on a small black and white television, which is precariously balanced over an inadequate net that would certainly collapse if it were to fall. Two transducers are attached to the plate glass window that frames the piece beneath a fire escape stairwell at Westchester Community College. These transducers vibrate the glass to transform it into a giant speaker, which plays sounds that recall the thrumming and squeaks of both machines of war and of construction.