Mobile House for Urban Migrant Workers

MOBILE HOUSE FOR URBAN MIGRANT WORKERS © 2007 alien. All rights reserved.

Public art. Fictitious design solution to the housing needs of urban migrant workers, who find it increasingly difficult to rent decent accommodation. By disguising the dwelling as a tree it doubles as street beautification. Medium: Wood, Plywood, Weathertyte billboard vinyl … Continue reading

(n)IMBY

(n)IMBY © 2012 alien. All rights reserved.

Series of 7 pigment photos, 25in x 35in each. 2012 The title refers to the unexpected transformation of the scornful term ‘nimby’ (not in my backyard,) seen in the recent events in Crete, IL, where local residents and immigrant activists … Continue reading

(n)IMBY Ink

(n)IMBY - drawings © 2012 alien. All rights reserved.

Ongoing series. Ink on paper. 9″x12″ Drawings based on accounts of village meetings. (n)IMBY commemorates the citizens and non-citizens who successfully fought to block the building of a new private detention center by Corrections Corporation of America in Crete IL.

Design for the Alien Within: The No-Place

The No Place: Design for the Alien Within © 2010 alien. All rights reserved.

aka the ATTIC ACCESS HIDING UNIT Permanent installation. Wood, Plywood, Aluminum bar grating, wood, steel pipe, hoist. 5ft x 2ft x 5ft Permanent Interactive Site Specific installation for BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. This installation is a fictitious Hiding Unit … Continue reading

Land/guage Lesson 1

Land/guage lesson: acequia © 2009 alien. All rights reserved.

A Teach-Yourself Spanish Unit: Ancient Irrigation Practice in New Mexico As A Model of Social Cooperation.. By Jenny Polak, with the following remarkable Farmer – Teachers: Estevan Arellano Margaret Garcia Miguel Santistevan Wallace Yippa And with the support of Lea … Continue reading

Lookout Landing

Lookout Landing © 2009 alien. All rights reserved.

Permanent installation at Griffiss International Sculpture Garden, Rome, NY. 10′ x 50′ x 14′ Cedar, stainless steel, galvanized steel, railroad ties, solar-powered runway approach lights, concrete, landscaping. An Air Force landing strip is visible from the deck. The structure’s lights … Continue reading

Quick-Build Tower Kit, No Crane Required

COUNTER-SURVEILLANCE TOWER KIT, NO CRANE REQUIRED © 2007 alien. All rights reserved.

Cardboard, wood, surveillance camera, monitor. 6’ x 5’ x 21’ Counter-surveillance tower. Packs flat in a box; the quick-build Tower is a 21ft high periscope kit, no crane required for installation. Nested triangular sections are intended to be raised to … Continue reading

Design for the Alien Within

NEWlogoBig3Anim © 2006 alien. All rights reserved.

Design for the Alien Within is a fictional company with a website offering a interactive 3-D digital apartment, showcasing furniture with built-in hiding places for people without immigration papers. Click the logo to enter: The project includes an ongoing series … Continue reading

ICE-Escape Signs

Soap Factory, Minneapolis © 2006 alien. All rights reserved.

  An ongoing series based on fire-escape signs, and sited like the real signs, using site-specific floor-plans of buildings. Inkjet prints face mounted on Plexiglas. A decentered public art project, appearing in any venues that ask to participate: order yours … Continue reading

Welcome to America

Still from the report © 2004 alien. All rights reserved.

Excerpt of a 2004 video by Jenny Polak & Dread Scott exploring brutality against immigrants in US detention after Sept 11, 2001. Images released by the Dept. of justice are paired with a child’s voice repeating the racist, threatening epithets … Continue reading

In Situ Sanctuary 1st Iteration: Beam and Column

In Situ Sanctuary, 1st Iteration: Beam and Column © 2003 alien. All rights reserved.

Architectural hiding place designed for Exit Art Gallery. Interactive installation; plywood, steel, surveillance cameras, monitors, paper. Installation view; person inside structure. 2’ x 16’ x 13’ The installation is designed to match the architecture of the gallery. Visitors climb up … Continue reading

HardPlace

Polak_S-Pedro_setA01_72 © 2002 alien. All rights reserved.

HardPlace is a web-based project created in collaboration with Lauren Gill, with the participation of immigrant detainees and their advocates from around the US. Views of 10 detention centers, based on drawings detainees made of their prisons/detention centers. Click on … Continue reading