This project is a multi-channel video installation that incorporates peep boxes as viewing architectures.
The video itself is an illustration of the route of the transcontinental Pony Express, a long distance messaging system and communications network that prefigured the technologies of the telegraph and the railroad in the United States. This project brings together ideas of mapping, recording and imagining territories as a form of possessive exercise, historically aligning communications systems and technologies with the exercizing of cultural and political power.
The video is viewed across multiple hand-made peep boxes. These peep boxes provide miniature viewing environments that depict the modern day embodiments of the nineteenth century U.S’s expansionist and colonizing politics to demonstrate how these politics are still alive and well in the 21st century.
Above: Video installed at back of peep box on mobile device at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, March 2018.