Orlando Love

Misunderstood yet containing multitudes, our Orlando is all around. The cycles of growth, disintegration, scars and violence complicate our streets. Making space for the juxtaposition right next door to the ‘happiest place on earth,’ this way of seeing delights and disrupts as we bring you into our world. Come with us on a photo walk in our town. You’ll see it is worth a second look.

Note: This collaborative project was a rejected submission but we still had so much fun creating it together. To get a better idea of the context, read below.

Submission Summary

Perhaps, like us, you have fond memories of or a sense of nostalgia for the pre-digital toy, the View-Master. Whether attempting to stem boredom during a long trip or experiencing the excitement of exploring historical time periods or far-away places, the View-Master served as a transport to another place. Like writing, it was a way of seeing. And, of course, it provided delight and entertainment.

The Look Book subscription series aims to place this old experience in a new context. After subscribing, readers receive a View-Master viewer and one reel-based text that they read by inserting it in the viewer and advancing the frames forward. Over the course of the year, readers receive four additional reels, mailed out on a bi-monthly basis. Details about our 2018 series can be found at https://acontainer.co/look-books/.

Whether attempting to stem boredom during a long trip or experiencing the excitement of exploring historical time periods or far-away places, the pre-digital toy View-Master served as a transport to another place. Like writing, it was a way of seeing. Along the way, it provided delight and entertainment.The Look Books subscription series places this old experience in a new context, presenting five hybrid literary and visual texts that can be read by inserting them into the viewer and advancing the frame forward.


Artist Bios

Gina Tyquiengco was born in Fort Lewis, Washington in 1987. She earned her BS in Media Arts and Science from Indiana University in 2012. Tyquiengco’s works have been exhibited at CityArts Factory and Artlando in Orlando, FL. Her work was featured as the cover art for Obra/Artifact, an experimental hybrid journal. This past year she exhibited a solo show, ‘Awakening,’ in Indiana, and was selected for the prestigious residency, Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency in Puebla, Mexico. She lives and works in Orlando.

Nikki Fragala Barnes is a poet working with mixed media and a participatory installation artist. Disruptive and complicated, her work layers the experience and transitions of the personal with poetics of place, especially geo- and eco-poetics. Her work is often collaborative and community-based. Barnes is also an independent editor and works to make spaces more accessible. Her work has been exhibited at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and will be featured at the Orlando Museum of Art. She is designing a series of international residencies and reading series that will launch this summer in Valencia, Spain and in the fall in North Andover, Massachusetts. Born in Miami, she now lives in Winter Park, Florida. See more at bynikkibarnes.com.


Gina Tyquiengco