The Office of Special Plans was
realized over a period of three months of construction on Bowen
Island, BC. Materials range from old construction lumber, concrete
form wood, building demolition waste and other found materials.
The installation consists of a number of distinct architectural
elements built upon each other and centered around an elevated
The installation takes its name from a shadow
intelligence gathering organization established by the Bush regime
in the USA. This organization existed for a short period of time,
less than a year, in which time it did an end-run around the
CIA and cherry-picked information to justify the attack on Iraq
in 2003. The ridiculousness of the name ?Office of Special Plans?
became a central organizing theme to the entire installation,
combining a child-like character with a serious investigation
of power relations implicit in constructed spaces.
The installation had three entry points, one through a door
watched over by a vacated guard kiosk (above), a second opening
onto the operating theatre (below) and a third from the floor
above where visitors could access an elevated viewing platform
that provided a lookout over the entire installation (following).
The Installation also included a small shack raised to a platform
four meters off the gallery floor. This shack was known as the
Depression Shack (more for the fact that it could be constructed
on a shoestring budget and less because it was depressing in
its nature). This small structure had been our site office during
the construction phase of the Office of Special Plans and
was included in the installation as a kind of refuge site, a
place where visitors could enter and close themselves in.
The amphitheater provided the main architectural element of
the installation and became a place where people would sit and
watch others coming through the exhibition(the design of the
space funneled visitors through the underbelly of the structure
and through a kind of walkway that exposed them to the spectatorship
of the others sitting on the bleachers). Under these seats there
were hidden on one side a number of working cubicles, and on
the other a kind of living area with a table and chairs and four