Los Angeles Times (2006)

Los Angeles Times is a fictional narrative presenting viewers with a glimpse into the near future of car obsessed Los Angeles seen through three different news mediums; Television (news report), Radio (traffic report) and Newspaper (various transportation-related issues). This topic arose from my interest in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Times is a fictional narrative presenting viewers with a glimpse into the near future of car obsessed Los Angeles seen through three different news mediums; Television (news report), Radio (traffic report) and Newspaper (various transportation-related issues). This topic arose from my interest in Los Angeles' unique transportation system, urban planning and the surrounding problems. I wanted to create a project that addressed the transportation needs of Los Angeles residents in a half-poetic and half-activist manner. I did research on as many aspects of Los Angeles' transportation issues as possible; history of trains, planning of freeways, social implications of a city without a usable public transportation system. My aim was to spark a dialogue between Los Angeles residents and lawmakers in order to bring about an (eventual) reform of transportation policies in the city.

Instead of showing current facts about the city's problems, I took the facts and forecast them into the near future, inflating numbers and focusing problems further. I used existing news mediums and re-created them based on my fact forecasting. The Video portion of the project consists of a Television showing a news program which reports road rage gang warfare, pedestrian being banned in city limits and Mad Max style gasoline hoarding. The newspaper portion of the project consists of a full size replica of the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, February 19, 2016. Some of the stories include, Hummer to release 15,000 pound SUV, Road rage gangs rampage LA freeways and Gas prices hit $12 per gallon. The radio consists of audio emerging from a perforated panel that contains horrendous traffic jams, murder and mayhem on LA's sponsored freeways and, of course, sunny and warm weather reports interspersed with the traffic.

The piece was shown in UCLA's New Wight Gallery between February 13-26.

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