Forensic Evidence: the Cannabis Sanatorium Institute is no more

Sadly, we can confirm the destruction of the Cannabis Sanatorium Institute near Calzona, California. While it was was in operation, well it was completely mysterious to us. We don’t know what happened exactly, other than apparently it burned. No news of any active investigation. Pictures below:

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Calzona Cult: The Apex of Daedalus

A new discovery has been made in regards to Calzona’s rich history.  A documentation of a cult-like group called “The Apex of Daedalus” was recently unearthed.  The documentation is an ancient book written in a cryptic transcript.  The each complex symbol of the transcript correlates to an English letter and it is possible to decipher the text with enough time.  The book divulges the origins of “The Apex of Daedalus” as well as the standards each member must uphold.  “The Apex of Daedalus” was formed by “Creator Etris” after allegedly inheriting the soul of Daedalus.  Etris began sharing his knowledge and creativity with several others; however, as more sought his teachings “The Apex” was formed.  Using Calzona as a base of operations, “The Apex” began to raise creatives to send into the world.  Each member is deemed an apostle.  Illustrations of magic circles and pentagrams reveals that the cult practices some form of black magic and rituals to transfer creative energy to specific dolls.

Currently, the book is the only evidence of “The Apex of Dadealus”.  Since the book was dug up in Calzona, there may be more evidence to discover.  It is possible to find other evidence such as the antique dolls used in their rituals or artifacts created by the apostles.  By searching for evidence, it is possible to expand upon the history of Calzona.

The Miniature of Calzona & Drone View

Not everyone wants to spend five hours to arrive Calzona, but my friends and I did. What I saw in Calzona was that many talented artists have put their efforts in this place. Their projects made Calzona looks so real and so energetic.  So, I decided to do something to make this place more attractable.

My project’s name is “The Miniature of Calzona,” This is an architectural model that genuinely reproduces the details of Calzona. Every project in Calzona is correctly placed in my model. And every project is reproduced by the same way but on a smaller scale. Standing in front of my completed project, I do think there are many potentials in Calzona. I can imagine that there will be a path connects The Chinatown and The art gallery. Or maybe there will be a vendor machine stands aside from the Uber station. I am so glad my classmates who brought so many bright ideas for developing Calzona in this quarter. And The Calzona project needs more and more talented artists to join in.   If you don’t have time to visit Calzona Calzona looks like, my project would give you a rough sketch.

I also provide a video link https://youtu.be/NGb400cY5Zo which leads you a drone view of current Calzona.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Crystal Palace

The Grand Crystal Palace is a concept hotel design by Chengxu Zhou.

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Make living in the dessert an enjoyable experience is the ultimate goal of this hotel project. Also takes into consideration of self-sustainable design and renewable energy generation.

The Grand Crystal Palace is the preview of a new future solution to construct buildings in harsh environmental situations.

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Crystal Structure

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Happen & Happenstance

Whenever something happens, it might be coincidental, and it might not be. In the world of remixing existing songs to create new ones, the appropriated songs have attribute of happen and happenstance at the same time. They were created by someone else, yet they ended up at the mixing console of the artist, by chance. The creation of such a song is a very reflective process in which the artist is forced to think of the deeper meaning of recontexualization of existing songs and the merge of them in order to create meaningful piece.

The protagonist in this short film took a long thought of the notion of putting something into a different context half randomly and half deliberately. He picked a CD from his collection of Japanese Jazz-Hip Pop music CDs and selected one song from the CD he picked. It happened to be the early production form the late artist Nujabes based in Tokyo, Japan. He then went to find all the samples used in the song and mapped them on to his mixer and tried few times at his house.

And into the low desert of Calzona. It is surely one of those random places that come across the mind. What does it mean just to go there? What does it mean to bring a certain piece of music which has nothing to do with the place over there? What does it mean to physically carry the idea and melodies than the consisted of the song and play it there? The solitary journey, the vast desert, and the song from far far away. Check the video “Happen and Happenstance”.

The link to the video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVce60JR4pI

Calzona, My Dream Come True

Good Morning Calzona

Like any major city, Calzona needed a theme song. After recording samples of old real estate ads for other antiquated subdivisions, an interview with the cast of TV series Grey’s Anatomy (which apparently features a couple referred to as Calzona), and finally bringing a car full of audio gear to the site to record sounds for the instruments used in the song, the finished product is better than I had ever imagined. The song is a dubstep style beat with heavy electric guitars (the only non-Calzona element in the entire mix) and all other instruments- even the synthesizers- are entirely made of audio recorded at Calzona. As a side project, I created a fake persona as CRuSHFaCe, a surprisingly friendly dubstep musician/radio talk show host, and created an hour long talk show interviewing other members of the Calzona Collective. Both projects are now playing on an infinite loop at Calzona (Calzona Radio 88.9FM) and also streaming on SoundCloud.

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Calzona, My Dream Come True (Theme Song)

Good Morning Calzona (Talk Show)

 

The People of Calozona

When creating The People of Calzona I wanted to capture the idea of what Calzona itself was; a small community out in the desert on a plot of land that had been made too small for any substantial use, and was abandoned. However, nearby there were still a few real inhabitants of the Calzona area.

I was inspired by the International Airport Montello project. In particular the way that the artists from eteam came in and created the art space and let the community of Montello be a part of the performance. I felt like this, in a few ways, was something that Calzona lacked. To play off of this lack of community in a space where there was already a small population of people, I wanted to create a space where there could be a fabricated community of people to interact and engage with the incoming projects and the existing ones. This community would act as a commentary of our own work and also the ideas and history of Calzona as a whole, being an area similar to those that were part of other more publicized land frauds, where the lands potential was inflated by fantasy stories of life out in the beautiful countrysides or having our own slice of heaven. The users of the People of Calzona website were to act in a similar way to these advertisements, creating a sense of an engaging community where there was nothing.

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On another level, the people of Calzona speaks to a brighter idea of Calzona. These fake inhabitants show what it could have been like out in the desert, what if a community had formed, and we were entering into that already existing space. Later in the project I opened the site so that people working in Calzona could make their own posts about their work and be commented on Calzonas fake community: Calvin Zonavsky, Carl Nozacs, and Nora Classon. I wanted to bring the made up community and the real artists together, like eteam did at International Airport Montello, making them all people of Calzona.

The People of Calzona

 

The Calzona Lines: An Archaeological Find

My name is Alvin Pascua. I am an archaeologist who has been sent into the Colorado Desert by the archaeology professors of the University of California, San Diego. Here, we studied various objects from fossils to stone engravings on walls. In my research across the Colorado Desert, I happen to stubble upon an area known as the Calzona desert. I am in awe from not the structures in the area, but the roads in it. I am here to report my findings about the lines that I have discovered in Calzona.

Somewhere in the Colorado Desert, there exists the Blythe Geoglyphs. These geoglyphs both take a form of a human and a mountain lion. The possibility of those who created them were most likely Native Americans on a pilgrimage.

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Blythe Intaglios

While examining the area, I’ve come across the desert known as Calzona. This desert is located just east of the Big River valley in the San Bernardino County. The area itself is located just outside the border of California and Arizona, a possible origin of the area.

Upon looking at the surrounding area, I began to notice lines made into the ground that forms these rectangular shapes. The origins of these lines date back to the late 20th to early 21st century. A specific date has yet to be discovered. These lines are notably wide enough to that they are able to be driven onto. In fact, the shapes they make correlate to that of streets found in suburban areas. From what is being gathered, these lines were made to hold the residents of the area. While the Blythe Geoglyphs were hypothesized to be for a pilgrimage, the ones found in Calzona were for that of refuge.

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Calzona Lines

Looking at the roads themselves, it is interesting to note the way that they are being named.  The northeastern street names are noted to be named after other deserts around the world. The length of these “avenues” are scaled to be roughly about 120 feet long, a similar length of a small suburban street. To hypothesize why these are named avenues, they could be looked as a symbolic way of long journeys these travelers made before settling in. Another interesting naming scheme is the use of both A Street and 3rd Street. Funny enough they are longer than the avenues, but they are not named after deserts. I would further hypothesize that these inhabitants traveled across these deserts, but they have not traveled enough to name all the roads after them.

The true nature and why these lines were created are still left to be discovered. While others have theorized that these lines were made for a pilgrimage, others believed that they were made as a form of settlement. These answers are still left to be answered.

A Night at The Calzona Museum

A Night at The Calzona Museum looks at what it means to be able to rent out space. AirBnB is a website that allows it’s users to lease out parts of their own property to others for temporary stays. However, is this still possible in a land where infrastructure doesn’t exist? Can you create a market for space where there is none? The answer is, surprisingly or unsurprisingly, depending on who you ask, yes.

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Calzona Museum AirBnB Listing

You can book your stay today at the Calzona Museum and experience all that Calzona has to offer! Even just by creating this space, people have messaged me their interest in renting it out despite having no pictures of the actual location.

“Enjoy your stay at the newly renovated Calzona Art Museum! Right outside we have an Animal House for your pets to stay in if it feels to crowded. An Uber station is also walking distance away, making it convenient for you to travel to neighboring cities! A couple blocks down is also Calzona’s very own China Town! Experience the spirit and culture of China in your back yard! Remember to bring your own water as we don’t have running water out here at Calzona!”

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