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Trespassing the Future by Lincøln

March 3rd, 2009 5:00 PM / Location: 34.324609,-118.4712

INSTRUCTIONS: Go to a place you will not be able to go to in 10 years; for instance, a place under development that will never be the same again.

I don't mean to be disrespectful with this praxis. Please keep that in mind. I did this task with the utmost amount of respect. I know just how horrible that fire was to all of the people that lost their homes that night.

I hopped two fences to get into a small mobile home community that was lost in the fires last year. I geotagged this praxi, and I would like it if you'd click on that link and see that map and make sure you see it in satellite view, so you can see what this neighborhood looked like before the fires. I don't know what this place is going to be in ten years, but I guarantee that it won't look anything like it does right now.

Listen to this while you look through the pictures. I know it's a good video, but come back and watch it later. Or watch it now, and when it's over play it again while you look through the pictures. Actually, yeah, do that last part. Because this song gives a little bit of insight to the severity of this completion and the pictures taken here.
Death Cab for Cutie - Grapevine Fires

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Private Property
Charred tree
A neighborhood gone
One more lost
Backyard fence
Half burned fence
Burnt out car in the driveway
Shovel head
Washer dryer
More ruins
Melted glass
More melted glass
Even more melted glass
Washer dryer
There used to be a floor there.
Knick Knack Rack
Have a seat.
Tool box
Big help
Olive & Elm
They had a nice view once
Car interior
Files & files
Burnt trees & car
Toppled palm
Back window
Newspaper boxes
Dining room
Garage door
Front gate
Back to back
Half burned bike
Another bike
There goes the neighborhood.
Cool mug
Paint cans
The night of the fires.
View from my home.
This is the neighborhood in question
Day of the fires
Day of fire
View of the fires from behind.
Passing close to the fire

26 vote(s)


disaster, votelater, fire, abandoned, crozzled

11 comment(s)

"I dont know what this was but it's art now."
posted by Waldo Cheerio on March 3rd, 2009 6:32 PM

I've often heard it said that Los Angeles has four seasons: earthquake, mudslide, fire, and riot. So near to tinsel-town though, the media coverage I saw of it was inevitably sensational, every reporter trying to get the scoop on some aspect not discussed elsewhere (I remember fierce competition to best report on the ongoing evacuation of horses for instance), but never really about the people or the lives left behind. Even living here, having seen and driven through those smoke clouds, I never had a context for the stories of those evacuated. The song and the praxis do this well, they are very contemplative, and I appreciate both.

Many visually striking shots. The Stop Sign for me in particular is astonishing, how hot and high and fast those flames must have struck.

As an aside, an exemplary study of facts #1 and #2 about fire.

Great music.
posted by SPJ on March 4th, 2009 12:52 AM

The Death Cab for Cutie track finished exactly as I finished reading this comment - perfect timing.

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posted by Lincøln on March 4th, 2009 9:37 AM

Oddly enough, that's not the first time I've heard that.

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posted by Fiona on March 4th, 2009 1:15 AM

I got really upset looking at these pictures to this music. I kept thinking about Australia drying out and burning up.
Also made my feet cringe. I walk around barefoot a lot but all that rusty metal and stabby hazards. Very frightening.
Excelent praxis my friend.

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posted by Kara Thrace on May 6th, 2009 10:59 PM

Yeah a lot of those pics look very much like pictures of the subburbs around where I used to live a few years ago and the images taken after the Victorian Fires.
It's quite amazing that the grass and gardens of many homes stay green and manicured yet the home, cars and occasionally people are utterly destroyed.

It's why every year during fire season warnings on what to do to prepare are televised and many people break environmental protection laws to protect themselves from being surrounded by forest-fires.

Some of those pics are brilliant btw, and looked forward to the comments.

Of fires, earthquakes, tidal waves and random acts of insane violence.
posted by Cookie on March 4th, 2009 1:26 AM

When my minion M was a kid she lived in a region that was volatile for bush fires specially during the dry season. Your praxis reminded her of that time. And how her fears changed depending where she lived, to what was the common preceived fear. Until she learned that why spend energy worrying about an unlikely or likely event in the future, when the most you can do is a few sensible precautions and then deal with the event if such a time ever comes. Further more there is a saying about "Painting devils on the walls". How M interprets it is that if you expect or fear something to happen individually or en masse, you will involuntarily aid future taking that path. This is also the same reason M doesn't visit fortune tellers. Have a Cookie!

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posted by rongo rongo on March 4th, 2009 5:59 AM

What I like most about the concept here is that you were thinking about this place, and how it would be totally different in the future, at the time of the fire. And then you visited, and thought about how it will be different again.
But what I like most about this praxis is that you showed how the absence of residents and the missing sense of home-ness was emphasized by the shadows they left behind.

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posted by Minch on March 4th, 2009 5:34 PM

looking at these pictures made me concerned for your feet

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posted by Burn Unit on March 5th, 2009 1:42 PM

My crozzled heart.

posted by Lincøln on March 5th, 2009 1:52 PM

That's a new word for me. I like it. We could change your name. Crozzled Corp? Crozzled Integer?

Mountain to climb
posted by Charlie Fish on April 28th, 2009 4:03 AM

I've been catching up on old praxis to use up all my vote points, and you get my last two.

This deserves more though, so I'll have to get tasking again.

I still haven't read/voted for the praxes between November 7th and March 3rd. Wow, that's a lot of vote points I have to earn.