No Google search is benign.
Each result is saturated with of cultural connotations and associations from the broadest cultural discourse to the most private longing. Message boards and online forums are often some of the first “results” to inquiries offered a search engine. These complex and inevitably contradictory answers allow users instant access and facilitate exchange of information. Scrolling through online threads that attempt to answer the above Googled query, I am presented with a history of process. This historiography offers better understanding of how particular knowledge sets come to be.
Statements harvested from online answer boards included in Otherwise, Welcome to Atlanta may be interpreted in a variety of ways. These shifting viewpoints are presented in traditional school colors on large felt banners. Statements are as punchy as team slogans, yet the absence of a larger context for each fragment is unsettling.
In a city where identifiers are important, the anonymously offered text occupying public space acts as a rallying cry to both supporters and dissenters. The result, then, is new insight on the historiography of place.
THIS PROJECT WAS ORIGINALLY CREATED WITH FUNDING FROM art|DBF IN 2015 AND IS CURRENTLY ON VIEW AT THE HARTSFIELD-JACKSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN ATLANTA, GA.