Community House

“If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence”  
-Charles Bukowski

the flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind
in there and
sometimes a soul,
and the women break
vases against the walls
and the men drink too
and nobody finds the
onebut keep
crawling in and out
of beds.
flesh covers
the bone and the
flesh searches
for more than
there's no chance
at all:
we are all trapped
by a singular
nobody ever finds
the one.
the city dumps fill
the junkyards fill
the madhouses fill
the hospitals fill
the graveyards fill
nothing else

Location:Oklahoma City University
         Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Year:    2017

Team:    Matthew Wakeman
         Noelle Moon
         Courtney Segrest
         Jarica Walsh - Curator

The Sense of Community Index (SCI) is the measure most frequently used in the social sciences to gauge community connectivity. The SCI is based on a theory that a sense of community is a perception with an affective component.  The SCI evolved from the study of Community Psychology (CP). CP is the branch of psychology concerned with person/environment interactions. CP focuses on social issues, social institutions, and other settings that influence individuals, groups, and organizations. CP as a science seeks to understand relationships between environmental conditions and the development of health and well-being of all members of a community.

The Community/Haus (C/H) invites the viewer to inspect the relationship between the figure and its environment. Whether you are an artist, lawyer, cook or laborer, levels of fragmentation between individuals and environments increase or decrease based on your sense of community.  To understand the C/H the viewer must play a role. Here, individual parts are housed within a structure which at first glance appear to resemble a home. If viewed from another frame of reference the house-like structure is no longer immediately understood and the body is now externally re-arranged.