In Xanadu

2018

Single-channel video, 30 minutes.

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

The video depicts fictional family members John, Mary, and their teenage son John, Jr. on a typical day living in a fully computerized utopian home, managed by a 1980s imagining of what we would recognize today as a souped up version of "Alexa." The story has been adapted from Mason’s 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. The story is illustrated by manipulated drawings from the book, as well as archival footage of the site in ruins before it was demolished.

Concurrently, the story follows Roy Mason's career as a Washington DC area futurist and proponent of foam architecture and home AI, as well as the tragic story detailing the death of Mason and his partner Brian Carneal. The latter died of AIDS complications in 1995, after which Mason was murdered by a 19-year old lover.