2015 - 2017
Oakland, California, United States
APORIA was created in a specific city, yet speaks to the phenomenon of rapid
growth being experienced in many urban locations around the world. When
surrounded by such an environment, the cultural and physical landscape feels
stretched to its limits. Reality exists in a continuum between construction and
destruction. It is a constant state, a fluid abstraction, where change itself seems to
be the alpha and omega. A desire to explore the underpinnings of such an
environment, and how it demonstrates itself on one’s psyche, is at the core of this
work. APORIA is the culmination of this effort, a dreamlike narrative pieced
together from the observed landscape. It is a fictional manifestation of my own
subjugation, devoid of any specific time or place, both surreal and familiar.
The title, APORIA, is a term extracted from the early dialogues of Socrates. Many
were described as “aporetic” because they left the interlocutor in a purgative state
of confusion about the concept being discussed. The confounding nature of the
urban landscape and the cognitive gymnastics needed to justify or rationalize it
leads the viewer in and out of this purgative realm.
APORIA does not presume to answer questions regarding the ills of the urban
environment. Rather than attempt to make an explicit point, it presents a
fictional narrative in an effort to approach a feeling that something is amiss.
There is a limit to what can be observed in an environment so deeply woven with
complexity. For the most part, we are disconnected from the underlying
mechanisms of the system in which we live. APORIA attempts to highlight this
disconnect and struggle for understanding and connection. Perhaps in doing so,
it can provide a brief glimpse into what lies underneath the system where the
collective psyche of a population finds its covert habitation.