Our existence is hazardous. Our co-habitation invites danger. As technology permeates our space, a provocative dance between risk and safety is performed. On September 25th, 1978, the North Park neighborhood of San Diego was subject to ground level disaster from a midair catastrophe. GROUND UNCONTROLLED: Disaster to the Power of Ten indulges a curiosity for disastrous events like that of PSA flight 182 which saw its 727 collide with the Cessna it dwarfed and disembody on the residential grid below.
Objects of nostalgia and vernacular pay tribute to era, location and context of the event, pulling in adjacent cultural happenings, personas, writings, ephemera while exploring consequential musings in the world of art and theory. The book's design structure parallels the contents’ reflection on the breakdown of systems, as it is illustrated that the visual development of the book relies on the stability of computer software to come into being. The more the book elaborates on the historical disaster and systems of fragility, the physical design of the book begins to glitch and ultimately crash. In the end, we're confronted with society's acute reliance on the success of systems, a chilling reality exposed only by the response it has when they have failed.