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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 Daniel Pillis, Leah Wulfman, and Zhiwan Cheung.
http://intergalacticimmigrationoffice.tumblr.com


  1. Hanging Fruit
  2. The Impossibility Of Home
  3. Reading the Rainbow
  4. Golden Heritage Living
  5. Good Vibrations
  6. Intergalactic Immigration Office
  7. Vibrating Pink Egg
  8. Skinny Dipping
  9. White Lie
  10. Who’s Afraid of Chinatown Orange?
  11. Homage To My Mother
  12. Movable Wave
  13. Portal
  14. Residues of a Past Performance
  15. Augmented Door
  16. Impermanent Infinity
  17. Expanded Field
  18. People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs
  19. Day of the Painter
  20. Mines’ Eye
  21. Oedipal Art Wrestling
  22. Puer Aeternus
  23. I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all I knew about were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes.
  24. I’M RESIGNING, I’M HEREBY OFICIALLY TENDERING MY RESIGNATION AS AN ADULT!
  25. Longing for the stars, Longing for the moon
  26. what you don’t know can’t kill you
  27. We the People Want a Bad Romance
  28. Oh dear America, save our selves
  29. I…Not Everything Will Be Okay, But Some Things Will
  30. New World Order
  31. Life will go on as it has always gone on – that is
  32. In the Belly of the Beast
  33. I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
  34. I heard there was a revolution. Where do I sign up?
  35. Our forbidden fruit
  36. Bed Bath and Beyond
  37. The All-American
  38. This is water…this is water
  39. All work and no play makes art a dull boy