SCENES FROM A MALL, 2012
Installation with single-channel video and hand drawn wall map.
A social and personal document of time spent at the largest mall in America, according to retail square footage. The King of Prussia Mall in suburban Pennsylvania was my babysitter as a child and my first employer. This lyrical essay is composed of first-hand observations, examining the intimate details of the mall’s geography, talking with teenagers loitering outside, watching the constant exchange of goods. I spent hours recording the strange, suspended reality of time spent in retail space. From these observations, footage, and sound recordings I created a series of short video vignettes – some surreal, some verité – of “mall life.” In exhibition, the video vignettes were projected into zones of a “mall-map” painted onto the gallery wall.