In Xanadu

2017

Single-channel video installation (20 minutes) and seven manipulated newspaper prints (29.5x23.5 inches).

In Xanadu chronicles utopian loss through the architecture and life story of futurist architect Roy Mason.

This work follows a typical day for fictional family members John, Mary, and their teenage son John, Jr., who live in a fully computerized utopian home that is managed by a 1980s imagining of a kind of prehistoric "Alexa." The story was written by Mason for his book, "Xanadu: The Computerized Home of Tomorrow & How It Can Be Yours Today," which was available at Xanadu: the Home of the Future in Kissimmee, FL, from 1982-1996, and is here illustrated by manipulated drawings from the book as well as archival footage of the site in ruins before it was demolished.

Concurrently, the two-dimensional "newspaper" work tracks Roy Mason's career as a Washington DC area futurist and early proponent of foam architecture and home A.I., as well as the tragic story detailing the deaths of Mason and his partner, Brian.