Mist Opportunity is a short film about the “commoning” of Echo Park Lake. Using the techniques of filmic sensing and performance art in public space, the event of the ice block’s journey, propelled by human hands, provided a way for the UHI team to investigate the social use and production of space around the lake. Situated in one of the few large parks in Los Angeles, it is instrumental for the health and well-being of Angelenos, and notably so on high-temperature days. It is also a space used by multiple publics, yet with clear but invisible lines of division. The curious movement of the ice block slide through them all, temporarily thawing relationships and helping to map different users, audiences, and reactions in the park.
Project completed in collaboration with Hannah Fong (UCLA Urban Planning), Chelsey Smith (UCLA Spanish & Portuguese), and May Wang (UCLA Architecture & Urban Design).
Mist Opportunity exhibited at the 2017 UHI x EPFC (Echo Park Film Center) FilmMobile Film Festival and the 2018 UHI Alumni Salon.