Checkpoint C is a multimedia, time-based audio installation that explores ways in which streams of information, entertainment, and commercialization desensitize and widen the gap between civilians and our military service members. Using a retrofitted shipping container, this space has been transformed by resident artist Ricardo iamuuri Robinson through the use of unexpected furnishings and materials to immerse listeners in a tactile and auditory experience.
In 2019, the Office for Public Art and RethinkVets announced Robinson as the artist in residence with the RethinkVets coalition. Throughout this two-year initiative, Robinson engaged with members of the post-9/11 veteran community by facilitating workshops, discussions, and virtual forums. By embedding himself in the veteran community, a collaborative experience developed to create a final work of art.
This immersive art installation is the culmination of many perspectives on why division persists between civilians and military service members. Seven speakers have been arranged in a bi-rectangular ambisonic array, simulating a three-dimensional composed soundscape. The installation positions listeners in the sand as sounds move through the interior, inviting a variety of complex questions but still leading to one automatic response: thank you for your service. This project is funded by The Heinz Endowments.