For this assignment I decided to create a time piece around the framework of the United States prison industrial complex and the relationship that inmates have with both the routine that is forced on them and the authoritative structure that imposes that time.
After discovering Josh Begley’s work and his use of Google Earth, I started to think about the digital space that those satellite images exist in and the disconnect between them and the actual locations they represent. From this I decided to make a list of the largest prison, and one jail, in every continental state. From this list I decided to mark all of the locations in Google Earth and then automate the path to fly between all of the marked prisons.
I knew that I wanted to represent the time that it took to fly to every prison as the duration of a few different incarcerated individual’s sentences. My first plan for this was to extend the length of the flyover video to be the same as the prison sentence length. Using FFMPEG I tried a few different versions of this and each of which ran into multiple issues. The first being the file size was extreme
Below are screenshots from all prisons compiled and an example map of the path that would be taken.
Here is a sample video of the fly over.