Popped Culture

Brashly Juxtaposed

Majeda Alhinai & William Virgil

Cohoes, New Rok


Popped Culture is delineated by a series of ‘through spaces’ that outline the form of a seemingly mundane and everyday object. The project aims to draw attention to the relationship between popcorn and entertainment through the literal use of popcorn. In the mid 18 hundreds popcorn exploded onto the scene and was available everywhere especially at the entertainment sites like circuses and fairs. Now popcorn is highly associated with the movie theatres and entertainment. The proposal is made up of 16 frames at varying heights that highlight the forms of popcorn and ornamental figures. Six of the frames in the series take slice of the popcorn literally, while the ornamental frames create interstitial spaces in between.

These six frames can be sandwiched together to depict the popcorn volume in its entirety, while the ornamental figures are used to break up the form into an unrecognizable mass. The flatness of the ornamental popcorn’ figural frames is a 2D play on the voluptuous 3D form of the popcorn: highlighting the plasticity and fake-ness of the object, while the colors draw relationship to the contemporary pop culture and local street art of Chattanooga.