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The Service Project: Winfield Mounds

David Hooker's avatar David Hooker

The Service Project is a video installation that explores place, ritual, and identity. It involves a performance in which I serve tennis balls at Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve. Through this action, I hope to find a way to personally commune with the space, to call attention to it, to perhaps even sanctify it through ritualistic action. Winfield Mounds is an ancient Native American burial ground, somewhat lost in the Western Chicago suburbs. It is a place full of tension, not the least of which is its name: it is named after General Winfield, assigned by Lincoln to take care of the "Indian Problem" I played tennis competitively as a junior, and still enjoy playing tennis today. But I recognize it is a sport fraught with tension: it is primarily seen as an "elitist" sport. As such it is a sport which calls in question the distribution and use of resources: environmental, economic, and temporal. It is my hope that the work is paradoxical, perhaps even ironic, without being cynical.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: video installation
  • Width: variable
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: variable