Sean Snyder

Root Event

6. Werkleitz Biennale Common Property / Allgemeingut
Sean Snyder
Bild 1/2 (vlnr): Koza, Okinawa City (Outside Kadena Air Base), 2004 Bild 3/4 (vlnr): Solidarity Architecture and Kenzo Tange's urban planning of Skopje, 2004

Sean Snyder creates visualisations of unique, often historical encounters between social emotional states and the built environment. He regards the built environment not only as the visualisation or a document of sociality, but on the one hand as a language or form of expression and on the other as material that creates a reality different from the one desired.

The material he uses for his visualisations is publicly accessible in one way or the other. There is a possibility, then, to access the documents of the most various territorialised social contradictions, like prohibited military zones, the gated communities, the conceptions of international solidarity that initially put aside the preliminaries of the Cold War, but through this entrenched them (as shown by the example of the reconstruction of Skopje). The publication of materials and sources, however, does not entail the revelation of the decisions linked to power or the participation in power. A main focus of Sean Snyder’s work seems to lie on examining the relationship between the right of a common ownership of information and the non-participation in power.