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Los Angeles Mythology

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Visual and Written Poetry

2012

Los Angeles is a city that projects one story but lives another. It has an uncertain history, erasing its own past and presenting itself as always in construction. Intrigued by this, Los Angeles Mythology began as an experiential research project comparing the way Los Angeles presents itself on television, in advertisements, and through films with the physical experience of the city itself. The distinct versions of the city are referred to as the information (the real experience of the place) and the exformation (the idea of what the place should be). While working on this project, I watched movies, read articles, attended events, and wandered through the city, returning to the studio to consider the differences between what I had observed and what I expected to find. I then explored methods of documenting the differences and distinctions through the crafting of images and production of text content.