Jonathan Hanahan - The 45th City

The 45th City is a project conceived by Jonathan Hanahan exploring ways of representing news through physical models, suggesting their underlying architecture as sites of framing the way we experience the world. Using readily available online tools, a series of sculptures and digital representations will be made which correspond to parallel various news sources.

Fake news is a problem created by designers. It is a problem of aesthetics, not simply content or substance. Attempts to clarify the way information from any source is rendered in the walled gardens of our social media platforms have homogenized the visual representation of all content, reliable or not. The 45th City explores ways of representing news through the physicalization of its sources. Using readily available online tools, a series of sculptures and digital representations correspond to parallel real and fake news sources and allow an audience to occupy these spaces beyond their browser windows.

About the artist
Jonathan Hanahan is an artist and designer whose practice explores the cultural and social ramifications of experiences which transcend physical and digital occupations and the role technology plays in shaping, mediating, and disrupting our everyday realities. He develops Thick Interfaces—tools, devices, software, artifacts, websites, videos, etc. which agitate the digital facade and reveal the physical reality and complexity which exist underneath the thin veneer of our digital devices.

Hanahan received his BARCH from Virginia Tech and his MFA from The Rhode Island School of Design. He is the co-founder and creative director of Milieu, an anti-disciplinary studio focusing on developing tangible, speculative, and networked experiences with the Internet. In addition to his studio practice, Hanahan is an Assistant Professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Beginning in September 2017, Jonathan will be in residence at California College of the Arts.

The Luminary's exhibitions are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council and our members.