New Media, Land Art
2009 - Present
Connelly's Hawaii Futures project utilizes new media, motion graphics, and projection models to promote the resurgence of Hawaii's native built environment, supporting Indigenous concepts. The project started as an open-source web-based installation in 2010 and grew into a groundbreaking architecture design and community studio. The work a engages satellite-accurate modeling of an urbanized land division to highlight the interconnectedness of Hawai‘i ecosystem, culture, and community. Connelly's approach offers a unique perspective and platform for interdisciplinary collaboration and advocacy, promoting positive change through the use of new media and social practice. Hawai‘i Futures demonstrates the potential of these tools to promote sustainable preservation and revitalization of the native built environment in Hawaii and bridges the gaps between Indigenous knowledge and the digital realm.
“An Intervention for Island Urbanism”
HAWAI‘I FUTURES summons the habits of mind in which the cycles and surfaces of wai (water) organize the physical and emotional processes that craft city life. This virtual intervention creates a space to reclaim the notion of the city according to what it means to live on the volcanic islands of Hawai'i, versus a continent.
Recovering ways to repeat the success of Hawaiians thriving on Earth’s most remote landmass is critical to the future of human survival. The environmental demise resulting from human survival today is attributed to choices thought to be logical and cost-effective. With O‘ahu seen as a tipping point, this site offers moments to reconfigure what is considered typically infeasible or impractical, as reasonable interventions to evade the crime and catastrophes of climate change. The scale of unfolding crisis in this era of uncertainty is so deep and vast, the coming generations will be faced with the inevitable need to recover ahupua'a as a major human technic of economy.
The parameters of recovery illustrated by each of the following images may provide visual insights to redesign Hawai'i's broken land-use system back into a resource of sustenance, again. It is a way for Hawai'i to begin the discourse of the types of large-scale infrastructural changes the coming generations are bound to face. Utilizing the island itself as a technology of wealth (waiwai) can secure justice-advancing futures on our changing planet.