Intergalactic Immigration Office

MDF board, 3D scanner, alien suits
Variable dimensions
2015
Intergalactic Immigration Office took place on April 18th, 2015 at Shenley Plaza as part of Open Engagement.

The temporary "Intergalactic Immigration Office" is a site specific social sculpture that will dispense a national identity based in space, not “on” earth. In doing so, we will manufacture a situation where everyone becomes a new type of human, a member of the galaxy, from a world without states or countries.

The booth will have three primary functions- to manufacture a mock sovereign "state", which will dispense citizenship to participants following a brief questionnaire, to create and log 3D models of each participants face, which will be displayed on the exterior (or interior) of the booth, and to create a social network of individuals and foreigners who have become citizens of our intergalactic culture. The participants unique cultural identity in essence becomes reduced (or elevated) to that of an "earthling”, in doing so they become a foreigner to their native land.

Conceptually, this project aims to estrange and defamilarize participants with their traditional notions of nationality and point to the arbitrariness of restrictions on national identity.

Intergalactic Immigration Office is a collaboration between Zhiwan Cheung, Daniel Pillis, Zach Rispoli, and Leah Wulfman.
http://intergalacticimmigrationoffice.tumblr.com


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