Billy Friebele

 

 

Future Monument for Chinatown - Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC

3D scans collected in the Chinatown neighborhood surrounding the gallery, printed in PLA.

This work investigates various modes of collecting and archiving the constantly shifting identity of the city. By drawing attention to temporal aspects of our surroundings, this project opens a dialogue to memorialize the present, and question the ideological foundations of the monument.

This area is being gentrified rapidly, as historic buildings with traditional Chinese architecture are being replaced by new condos. The archive consists of architectural fragments from the summer of 2016, including many buildings that are slated for destruction this year. This act of recording is a way of creating a small monument for future generations to observe. It is a way of taking control of how memories of the city are generated, and celebrating micro-histories that may vanish with time.