From Above ︎︎︎

There is a contemporary principle of property law that was first articulated in Europe over 800 years ago: “Whoever’s is the soil, it is theirs all the way to Heaven and all the way to Hell.” This translates cleanly into current US law as, “[the landowner] owns at least as much of the space above the ground as he can occupy, in connection with the land.



These two video works, Stimulus and Self Portrait, were shot with a camera on a string of balloons flying in policed air space. They center on our relationship with the aerial god's-eye-view, a viewpoint historically developed for surveillance and/or military operations. The works seek to articulate a more connective method of looking from above. Instead of a drone, a camera flies over the streets of Manhattan on a cluster of balloons; the resulting footage presents a divergent aerial perspective, one that is precarious, humble, and tethered to the ground.


To Hold Water 
Materials: Water traveling on rope, a pump, three-channel video installation
Flux Factory, NYC 

To Hold Water is a sculptural installation built around the Self Portrait video. The two-channel video is suspended in space, accompanied by a sculpture that pumps water from the floor of
the gallery to the ceiling -- holding a subtle
stream of water in constant motion.


Streetlight For Poet
40’ x 60’
Streetlight, security mirror, reflective paint
Austin, TX

Using a security mirror, parking-lot line paint, and a streetlamp, this work reconfigures materials historically used to organize and surveille public space. Rethinking/ reclaiming the God’s Eye View.


 All The Way to Heaven
40’’ x 60’’
Black contractor plastic, tape, string
Brooklyn, NY

Image from a recent workshop at Flux Factory where I taught participants to build solar powered hot air balloons out of black contractor plastic. Together we made balloons that became monumental sculptures, lifted by the sun into airspace.