The Sole Ripper (2012)
The Sole Ripper is a digital book containing a 1:132 scale architectural view of a fictional pedestrian roller coster modeled for an empty lot in Manhattan discovered by Kristin Lucas on Google Maps. The architectural plan arrives fragmented and out of order, given its shape through a process of software conventions and workarounds. It is a visual corollary to the download process in which files are broken down into packets and transmitted over internet pathways from one computer to another, and reconfigured at their final destination. Only, Lucas leaves the task of file reconfigurability open to the viewer, and opts for an alternative view that features a 352-page vertical drop and bears likeness to a filmstrip. Recalling Luis Borges's hyperreal map that was as large as the empire itself from "On Exactitude in Science," Lucas's plan for The Sole Ripper is too large to see in its entirety even when reassembled.
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Kristin Lucas investigates the uncanny overlaps of virtual and lived realities, alongside the physical and psychological effects of trending technologies on perception of time and space, behavior, and identity. Her video, installation, network performance, internet, augmented reality, and hybrid media works have been exhibited internationally and are represented by EAI and Postmasters in New York.http://kristinlucas.com/
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