Critical Sections

    By Greg J. Smith
    Design by Erik Loyer

    Open Project

    This project capitalizes on the tension between our familiarity with and alienation from these shared memories and positions them as reconfigurable elements, the base material of this examination of residential space in Los Angeles.

    - Greg J. Smith, Author's Statement

    Users can create their own compositions mixing architectural and cinematic elements.
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    Ephemera are detritus or garbage that people produce without intending it to survive the moment. Categorically speaking and according to the Ephemera Society of America, "Ephemera include paper materials such as advertisements, airsickness bags, baseball cards, currency, board and card games, greeting cards, invitations, labels, menus, paper dolls, postcards, posters, puzzles and puzzle cards, stock certificates, tickets, timetables, trade cards, valentines, watch papers, and wrappers." Nonetheless and perhaps more than any other form of evidence, ephemera encode social objectives in their fragile bodies ”" both ideologies and the shadow of a human touch. That is probably why according to John Grossman of the Collection of Antique Images, studying ephemera provides a way of grasping the everyday expectations and hopes of ordinary people momentarily embedded in the material world.

    — Jing Chen, Rice University/ Shanghai Jiao Tong University, August 20th, 2012