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Tasked with understanding, articulating, exposing, and critically intervening in a system of damage in the U.S., I decided to focus my assignment on Virtual World Real Estate and NTF Land sales. My initial interest was centered around the way the virtual worlds were suggesting new models of power and control. Overall these experiments in urban planning all suggested a system of “deregulation”. This was an entry point for me to further look into new models of corporate governance that exist today and make these virtual worlds possible. So, for the later half of the semester, I dug into the network that Big Tech has built in an attempt to illuminate their invisible reigns of power. As Big Tech has become such an influential pillar of governance in the US, I decided to locate my intervention on the national mall directly in the lawn in front of the capital. The building is directly pulled from the architecture of the Supreme Court to borrow from its spatial model of inquisition. Materiality choices centered around inflation and deflation allude to the implementation of pressure and lack of definition of Big Tech sphere of influence.

Like most of the other structures on the mall, the viewer’s experience and engagement with the intervention is passive. How it differs from the other monuments and museums is its intent to dissect the empire of big tech rather than create grand narratives of democracy. In essence, it becomes a tourist attraction meant to provoke curiosity and questions.