Hey, Monsters is an installation that showcases the archiving of my hometown’s collective memory surrounding Sunset Studios, an abandoned building. The building acts as a vessel to discuss the distortion and construction of memories, change, and home through the realm of horror and documentaries. The use of horror acts as a way to manifest the idea of the uncanny. The uncanny acts a remembrance of something lost, something recognizable but missing from our personal archives, mind. With a return of memory often comes a sense of fright and unease. The three stages of this installation showcase a progression of inquiry and authenticity.This project acts as an investigation into the boundaries between fantasy and reality making use of personal and collective memories as well as a factual exploration into the truth of Sunset Studies.
I grew up in Arizona in a small desert town just north of Phoenix called Cave Creek. There wasn't much to do in Cave Creek. We would tell folklores and create these stories around abandoned buildings in the area. One in particular, Sunset Studios, always fascinated me. We would often sit in cars on mountains and create stories based around the hearsay and ephemera we would find in the building. Despite the crazy nature of the stories, what was fascinating was to see how people would justify it with ambiguous things they found there or how stories got twisted like a form of the game telephone. The pursuit of truth, when limited information is there, sparks imagination and propels these myths. We want to understand the whole of what we are seeing but we often elaborate on sparse evidence we find with fiction until more information comes along.
“this link between fantasy and memory. The products of the imagination take on lives of their own. Without a reality for them to be dragged back to and matched up against, they are free to bloom and flourish in their own way—and even to persuade that they actually happened.” - Charles Fernyhough, Pieces of Light: The New Science of Memory
INT. EVIDENCE - NIGHT
EXT. DOCUMENTARY - NIGHT
Documentary and film to be upload soon.