Monolithic Utopian Interventions

Exhibition Installation

Built Environments Exhibition / SFSU Fine Arts Gallery
San Francisco, CA



Multimedia Installation
Gallery Exhibition


Design dictates the way we navigate our everyday experiences. Transforming our relationships to space, the process of design has the power to define the functionality and accessibility with the environment. Defensive design or hostile architecture is a type of design strategy used to exert social control in public spaces.

Monolithic Utopian Interventions is a site-specific installation exploring human experience and relationships with defensive designed environments. This installation investigates the impact of design by reorienting defensive design tactics often found in public spaces, within the gallery space. At the center of the gallery rests a monolithic concrete gallery pedestal, exaggerated beyond exhibition standards, acting as a form of intervention. Suspended at the top of the installation is a non linear video projected on a white cube. The video examines the requited relationship between human connection and hostile architecture, ultimately explaining how the two were designed to interact with one another.

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Through the physical barriers of concrete pyramids and visually deterrent blue lighting treatments, Monolithic Utopian Interventions draws parallels with the experience of inaccessibility found inside and outside
art institutional spaces.

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The interrelationship between the monolithic systems of the art world and monolithic structures in public spaces, frequently creates access for the affluent class, often leaving disparaged communities astray.


Monolithic Utopian Interventions poses the questions; “who are spaces really designed for?” and “how do we redesign spaces to embody more inclusive and human centered impact?”