Camp La Jolla Military Park

2008
The project Camp La Jolla Military Park involved creating a data collection system for investigating relationships of power within the Military Academic Industrial Complex in Southern California. As a case study, I researched the historical, geographic, and economic ties between the University of California, San Diego, regional defense contractors, and the U.S. Military. In order to make the information accessible to many audiences I borrowed the vernacular language and imagery of the National Park System, and announced that a national park had been founded to appreciate the
ongoing military history of the area. During an exhibition I converted a gallery space into a temporary museum, and distributed information about the park via a brochure, a website, and daily golf cart tours.

Read more about this project: Camp La Jolla Military Park: Creative Disturbance Through Adaption of National Park Iconography in the Parsons Journal for Information Mapping (2011).

Camp La Jolla Military Park Tour, University of California, San Diego Camp La Jolla Military Park Tour, University of California, San Diego

Park brochure

Camp La Jolla Military Park Brochure (front) Camp La Jolla Military Park Brochure (back)

Park website and archive administration interface

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The tour

Camp La Jolla Military Park Tour, University of California, San Diego, 2008† Camp La Jolla Military Park Tour, University of California, San Diego, 2008† The remains of a structure from Camp Callan, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2008, archival inkjet print, 30

Taxonomy

Camp La Jolla Military Park taxonomy network graph Camp La Jolla Military Park taxonomy network graph (detail)

The exhibition

Camp La Jolla Military Park museum installation, Marcuse Gallery, La Jolla, CA Camp La Jolla Military Park museum installation, Marcuse Gallery, La Jolla, CA Camp La Jolla Military Park museum installation, Marcuse Gallery, La Jolla, CA

Photographs from the park

Looking west at the old Camp Matthews Rifle Range, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2008, archival inkjet print, 30 Looking west from the remains of Camp Callan, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2008, archival inkjet print, 30

UCSD Job Fair

Lockheed Martin defense contractor representatives recruiting at UCSD Triton Job & Internship Fair, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2007, archival inkjet print, 30 Boeing defense contractor representatives recruiting at UCSD Triton Job & Internship Fair, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2007, archival inkjet print, 30 Air Force Flight Test Center Edwards AFB representatives recruiting at UCSD Triton Job & Internship Fair, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2008, archival inkjet print, 30

Historical images

Enlisted soldiers training at Camp Callan, Camp Callan Enlisted soldiers training at Camp Callan, Camp Callan Enlisted soldiers training at Camp Callan, Camp Callan Enlisted soldiers training at Camp Callan, c.1943, archival inkjet print of found web image, 18 Operation Wigwam test shot, c.1953, archival inkjet print of found web image, 30 USMC Jet flying over UCSD, archival inkjet print of found web image, 30 General Atomics Sky Warrior constructed with the help of UCSD engineering students, archival inkjet print of found web image, 30

Exhibitions

2012

  • Data from this project was re-represented during the "Drones at Home" exhibition (in collaboration with The Periscope Project) at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) Gallery, University of California, San Diego, Mar 7-Sept 14
  • Presentation at College Art Association (CAA) Conference, Los Angeles, Feb 22-25, 2012, titled, "Your Art Here, Camp La Jolla Military Park, and Give Me My Data" in the "Disrupt this Session: Rebellion in Art Practices Today" panel.

2011

2010

2008

  • Presentation to Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, San Diego, CA, March 8, 2008 titled, "Camp La Jolla: A Defensonomy."
†Photograph by Glenna Jennings
defense industry, Department of Defense, intervention, military, museum, reconnaissance, research, University of California, San Diego, UCSD, war, technology, engineering, National Parks