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Saret performs the erasure of the production-consumption-based economic system, as well as the modern American society that it structures, by visually, physically, and philosophically returning to the imagined origin. The form of Saret’s Ghosthouse, a conical structure built of corrugated wire mesh with an irregular oculus at its peak, speaks of archetypal and “primitive” architecture and geometry. Saret built this structure by working industrially produced materials by hand, and then lived within it for several months, relying upon only what he could construct. Saret designated Ghosthouse as a place of ritual and sanctified mode of life, using the construction to occupy the territory upon which it was built according to his vision of art integrated into life in the service of fostering an enlightened society.
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Gunuey, Emma Kalafa, "Primary Functions: Alan Saret’s Installation for Man" (2015). Senior Projects Spring 2015. 298.
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