tettix chorus for the unmarked is an anti-monument memorial for those interred without markers in Potter's Field. In its current state, Potter's Field appears as an open grassy knoll - a perfect place to picnic and converse. This picturesque scene hides the complexities of these acres.
Potter's Field is said to hold 7500 people, all resting in unmarked graves. This Field is where the city's poor who could not afford a burial were laid to rest, the travelers passing through were placed, and where African Americans were re-interred from the original acres. A large percentage of the now underground population is made up of children.
In this field visitors can find Civil War ammunition, the remnants of an explosion of ammunition trains parked at the Atlanta Rolling Mill, which was destroyed before the Battle of Atlanta. This site is now The Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts and The Stacks. Further, it was also discovered that the Field exists on a prehistoric Native American site dated circa 4500 BC.
tettix chorus for the unmarked fills Potter's Field with the cicada's song. The cicada has been a figure of many mythologies. In ancient Greek, the cicada is tettix, a word that resembles the sounds it makes. This creature was a symbol of immortality but also birth, death, and re-birth. According to the story Plato tells in the dialogue Phaedrus, the cicada was a messenger to the Muses, relaying humanity's actions. Significantly, as told in the Bible, the field that Judas hung himself in after betraying Jesus became the first Potter's Field, purchased using the silver he gained and then returned.
Using FM transmitters and receivers and sound-making devices, tettix chorus for the unmarked introduces the cicada's piercing buzz into the landscape. This acts as both a strange lulling of those souls buried there and a reminder to the living that the cicadas are watching them; actions do not go unnoticed.
Installed for The Cryptophonic Tour at Historic Oakland Cemetery
Curated by ROAMTransmissions
May 2, 2015
Shown in Close: Works by Nicole Akstein and Meredith Kooi
Curated by Chanel Kim.
March 7 - 28, 2015 at Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA
The space surrounding us is thick. Like geology, there are layers of space and place in the invisible air that swaddles us. Imbued with memory and history, the objects inhabiting our world breathe and vibrate. These objects and their surroundings are always on the precipice of becoming strange to us.
The two series making up Enstranged Spaces, the previous work Blurs/Blears and the new work Enstranged Spaces, make strange the familiar through translations, conversions, and degradations of images made of these spaces.
Blurs/Blears is a layering of domestic spaces on top of themselves by using multiple processes of analog and digital translations. Original analog images made with a broken camera are first translated into digital files and then glitched – image files are opened in software not meant for them. Sometimes this results in corrupt files that will never open; sometimes an image file successfully renders. These images are further translated into sound files, sound-images. Back and forth between file types. Borders between discrete types blur and turn fuzzy; snow from the outside makes its way in.
The new works comprising Enstranged Spaces are site-responsive to Kibbee Gallery's specific architectural features. By way of multiple photography printing processes, the images of the space transform with the particular materials. Photographs of these features intervene and inhabit this architecture, and the certain groupings of the various materials coalesce to form an alternate rendering of the place.
Movement for a Dying Sun
Movement for a Dying Sun by Outer Gods and Meredith Kooi was performed in the exhibition SOLAR HERESIES, curated by Meredith Kooi in collaboration with John Lloyd Hannah.
Mammal Gallery, Atlanta, GA
December 21, 2015
radio books was produced for artDBF through Eyedrum.
Books, radio broadcast, zine, map
August 30 - 31, 2015
new descendent on escaleer, no, too
Performed at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta as part of College Night hosted by OMIGOD HELLO HOW ARE YOU to coincide with the High's exhibition Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913 >> 2013 on November 10, 2012.