The sandbox is heterotopic.
The sandbox is mimetic.
The sandbox is longing.
The sandbox is void.
The sandbox is trench.
The sandbox is hiccup.
The sandbox is archive.
The sandbox is desire.
The sandbox is grief.

Sandbox, 2012 (VIEWING COPY) from pooneh maghazehe on Vimeo.


This piece was accompanied with a piano and a mound of dirt. The sculpture was created from dirt excavated from the empty lot where a portion of the DWM Munitions factory once stood, and where the work was shot. The film that inspired this work, Hearts of the World, was created during the silent film era. A pianist provided an improvisation once a day.

D.W. Griffith was the first American filmmaker commissioned to shoot a movie in a war zone. His film, Hearts of the World (1918), depicts the story of two young lovers, ripped apart by the parrels of the first world war. It was produced during the era when developments in photography and cinema began inspiring advancements in war technology and strategy. The film was commissioned by Great Britain, an effort to gain allied American support in the first world war. A significant portion of Hearts of the World was shot on the British war front, the battle scenes actual, and, the complexities of the war heavily impacted production of the film. Scenes were shot by army cameramen; Griffith experienced surprise German artillery barrages and witnessed the deaths of escort soldiers. The final film, part war footage and rest staged, severely impacted Griffith. Nonetheless, it was well received by the American audience.

Sandbox was shot in a vacant lot that was formerly the DWM* munitions factory, renowned leader in handguns during the release of Hearts of the World. DWM armed soldiers worldwide with artillery that powered both world wars. As such, the empty pit, partially concealed by the crisp contours of a manicured lawn and protected by surrounding residential buildings, became an open anchor, an activated gap, the "sandbox" in sandbox theory**. The initial motivations for Sandbox were to personify the dependent relationship between the rise of filmmaking and the advance of war technology through the bonds between Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, and Robert Harron in Hearts of the World. Sandbox harbors a thick trace of incestuous history, an irresistible magnetic field of longing between two lovers.

* (Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken Aktien-Gesellschaft / German Weapons and Munitions public limited company)

** " The term is sometimes used interchangeably with "sandbox" and "free-roaming";[2][3] however, the terms open world and free-roaming describe the game environment itself and allude more to the absence of artificial barriers,[4] in contrast to the invisible walls and loading screens that are common in linear level designs. The term sandbox refers more to the mechanics of a game and how, as in a physical sandbox, the user is entertained by his ability to play creatively and with there being "no right way"[5] of playing the game.
Despite their name, many open world games still enforce restrictions at some points in the game environment, either due to absolute game design limitations or temporary in-game limitations (such as locked areas) imposed by a game's linearity. " (