BluMarble by Sue Jeong Ka
Animator: Rebecca Scheckman
The project, BluMarble,* investigates how zoning law has limited and changed businesses from building in residential neighborhoods and what kind of tensions arise between real estate developers and residents due to recent zoning changes in Jamaica, Queens. While I researched gentrification issues related to AirTrain JFK, I found that many Indian and Chinese developers have built major chain hotels in that neighborhood recently. On the surface, the triangulation between Airport JFK, AirTrain JFK, and hotel construction makes sense, but the problem is that there are many hotels, which are struggling with their financial situations in contrast to the developers’ earlier expectations. Ironically and interestingly, many hotels have resolved this problem by signing contracts with the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) of New York City. In doing so, hotel owners can rent their rooms to DHS and DHS can provide temporary housing for homeless people. Not surprisingly, this resolution caused residents who have lived in Jamaica for many generations to be very angry.
AROHO Video Artist in Residence
Exquisite Corpse Storytelling
An experiment in collaborative documentation with a community of women writers. Each woman shared a portion of the story without knowing the full story. They picked up the story from the last sentence the person before them shared.
Collaboration with Karina Puente
Animation by Rebecca Scheckman