A Hometta contributor has a show opening at the Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery this Friday, and through tomorrow, you have a chance to be part of it via its Kickstarter campaign.
Freedomland by Keith Krumweide, architecture professor at Yale University, is an "architectural satire." Simultaneously an art installation and a wild surmise, the series of drawings and texts is is "the latest in a long line of visionary plans for American living:"
In an attempt to solve every problem and please every citizen, Freedomland, in one bold, absurdist move, colonizes the super grid that blankets America. Like the work of a benevolent (or perhaps delusional) dictator, it seeks to accommodate every wish, every desire, no matter how contradictory and to combine them in a master plan that sets out a beautiful, if seemingly naïve, vision for a better, more harmonious world.
Investors will receive "naming rights" to one of the estates, each culled from the numerous stock plans for sale by America's mega-homebuilders. For a minimum investment of $25, you can name one of the estates, a real bargain, Krumeweide says, "when you think of the millions some people will spend ot get their name on a building."
I love this. Adding to the unreality, Freedomland's 128 "unique neighborhood farm estates" each rotate counter-clockwise on their 40-acre plots every 40 years. Is Freedomland a bizarre square dance of land-use despair? Or that hilarity that comes aftewards, when you realize you're beat and can't stop laughing?
Or maybe it's our real future, after all.
More info is available on the Freedomland Tumblr.