Laboratory for Other Worlds, The Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh, PA) 2019-2020
Connecting a feminist utopian science fiction lab environment with an operational stop-motion action video set and an off-grid solar panel system, this multi-layered immersive installation creates a fantastical environment wired with working sustainable technology. It explicitly connects social and environmental justice via a short narrative stop motion video, shot on-site, exhibited as part of the installation, and telling the story of a planet rejuvenated by a resistance-minded extra-terrestrials who take the form of a fancifully-contrived mushroom Cyclops protest sign. The aesthetics are pulled from working lab sites and science fiction fantasy, as well as totemic and subconscious imagery derived surrealist automatic techniques.
 

2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds
Patte Loper 2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds

Patte Loper 2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds

Patte Loper 2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds

Patte Loper 2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds

Patte Loper 2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds

Patte Loper 2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds

Patte Loper 2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds

Patte Loper 2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds

Patte Loper 2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds

Patte Loper 2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds

Patte Loper 2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds

Patte Loper 2019 Laboratory for Other Worlds