The Center for Ethnography, Department of Anthropology and Claire Trevor School of the Arts present
214 SQ. FT : an installation
April 9-16, 2012 
Social Science Plaza B, UC Irvine 

Opening reception & Conversation 
Monday, April 9, 2012
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Social Science Plaza B, UC Irvine
Created by Christine Hegel-Cantarella (Assistant Research Specialist, UCI Department of Anthropology and Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion)& Luke Hegel-Cantarella (Assistant Professor, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Department of Drama)
Created in association with the Project Hope Alliance with special support from the Friend Family.
Documentary footage courtesy of  Alexandra Pelosi
Properties design by Tiffany Anguiano
Sound installation by Jeff Polunas
214 sq ft is an immersive installation created for Project Hope Alliance, a non-profit organization that serves the Orange County, CA homeless population through the Project Hope School and Family Stability Program. It was intended as a reflection on the experience of homelessness among the working poor, many of whom take shelter in low-budget motels across Orange County. For such families a motel room is an impermanent home, made homelike through the personal objects that fill it and the quotidian activities of home-life within its walls.  
The project stages a motel room in different public spaces. The installation, roughly 214 square feet, includes the furniture typical of motels as well as found objects representing the personal belongings of a composite family. Images and personal narratives of motel-life, as derived from footage from the Alexandra Pelosi documentary "Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County," are embedded in the space through multi-media. Audio and video recordings emanate discretely from objects (lamps, paintings), and portions of narratives are printed on bedding, inscribed in the wallpaper, and etched on the furniture.  
As part of the Center for Ethnography Rethinking Design Series, the installation is a prototype for interrogating intersections between ethnographic inquiry and aesthetic processes and an experiment in the use of design to inform ethnography. 214 Sq. Ft. is being sited at UCI to instigate discussion among students and faculty across the disciplines about modalities of representation and inquiry and the meanings of transience, home, and inequality.
For further information, please contact Sandy Cushman, or 949-824-3344.

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