Remembering Las Vegas
'Remembering Las Vegas' as an installation is inspired by the floor-plan of the Single-Bedroom Penthouse Suite at the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas. The floor-plan will be erected as a fully- enclosed set within a large black box venue that will exist as a temporary exhibition space. The installation itself is based off a film I’m currently developing titled 'Remembering Las Vegas'. The installation also houses the film and supporting media via monitors within the penthouse suite.
The film 'Remembering Las Vegas' is inspired by Las Vegas’ dumbed-down architectural representations of former superpowers throughout the history of the world. These representations capture a time before the United States became openly insecure about its ranking in the world. In the 2016 presidential election we saw ‘Make America Great Again’ surface as a campaign slogan. Simultaneously, simulations of former ‘great’ nations drew in money faster than the U.S. mint could print it.
'Remembering Las Vegas' is an exploratory film looking back on Las Vegas after it’s been destroyed by an earthquake. By merging a travel spot, with a conspiracy documentary, the piece attempts to unearth Las Vegas’ dark past through interviews and found footage before being sucked into a film with a mind of its own. Imagery of real-life military simulations in the middle of the desert become paired with telephone interviews regarding hotel-casino experiences, while visuals from a YouTube ad depicting the world’s tallest thrill ride becomes paired with radio spots concerning Las Vegas suicide statistics.