Today banks are raising fees or closing their doors. Whole communities have been effected, leaving empty mega-mansions, browning lawns, and mosquito infested swimming pools. Those with jobs tighten their belts, while the unemployed re-train, relocate, and re-adjust priorities -- all the while holding their collective breath. As of October 29, 2011, Occupy Wall Street protests have spread to 1039 locations in 79 countries in response to troubled economies, as well as charges of corporate exploitation and budgetary malfeasance by political decision-makers.
The housing market in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties will continue to struggle until jobs return. Interestingly, the local press reported the stockpiling of land and housing properties by international buyers and local speculators anticipating the turnaround. FAULT acknowledges the many tectonic shifts that have hit California, while resisting the easy temptation to distinguish between innocent foibles and deliberate greed.
Reggie Woolery writes a weekly photo blog at: www.detroitpublishingcompany.blogspot.com. His writings on digital media and photography have appeared in Bomb, NKA: Journal of African-American Art, TRANS, Black Film Review and FUSE: Journal of Arts & Culture, where he served as contributing editor. Reggie's multimedia work has been featured at The Photographer's Gallery, London, the 40th Flaherty Film Seminar, and at MIT in Race in Digital Space. He has been an artist fellow at the Society of Humanities at Cornell University, Banff Centre for the Arts, and a critical studies fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program. Woolery's received project support from Art Matters, New York State Arts Council, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Black Programming Consortium, and ITVS, among others. He has degrees from Parsons School of Design and New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program of Tisch School of the Arts.