Valle Medina and Benjamin Reynolds

Our project concentrates around the life of a contemporary citizen of Santa Barbara, California and documents his decline from a sociable and active 30-something, to a citizen whose city has removed any meaningful bodily and public interaction from his existence to the point where he feels no longer a part of it.

The work captures the spaces he imagines as a way out of such a city: at the baseball bleachers at Ortega Park on Cota Street, on the shores of Leadbetter Beach and other uncatalogued locations.

The use of digitized terrains and fragments from sites begin the project as much as theoretical discussions about the value of spaces and about what is lost (left) when a void replaces civic purpose.