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The work I have been pursuing as an artist over the last several years has been defined by concerns about
how and why spaces and places are constructed and occupied. These concerns are deeply rooted in a
desire to understand -- or at least attempt to -- the complex relationships between people and the
mechanisms through which we negotiate conflict in lived space. Following political philosophers interested in
space, from Henri Lefebvre and the Situationists to Mike Davis and Rosalyn Deutsch, my interest is in
envisioning utopian and pragmatic ways of reshaping spaces where power is inequitably distributed.
Contaminating the Preserve is a distributed, interactive audio tour of sites in Northeast Florida. Specifically,
the tour will attempt to engage participants in questions about history, ecological preservation, race and
environmental justice in the context of two divergent sites located in Jacksonville, Florida. One location is the
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, a vast collection of nature preserves and historic monuments
that celebrates the region's coastal ecologies as well as its colonial past. The second site is a 40 square mile
portion of the city, just West of the Timucuan Preserve, that contains a large number of former solid waste
incinerators and dumps, adding up to at least 261 acres of toxic land. The tour will be accessible through a
phone-based interface, spread to potential participants by way of printed maps distributed throughout art,
culture and environmental organizations in the area. The tour will also be facilitated by an exhibition of
documentary and creative artifacts, and a planned series of events to take place in Jacksonville, FL at
cultural institutions like the Ritz Theatre/La Villa Museum and the University of North Florida.
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