Apr
30

My biggest project of late, which might explain my absence elsewhere, is studying for a Ph.D. in the lovely Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. My days are filled with reading and writing, but concerns with visual ways of knowing, making as a practice of theorizing, speculative modelling, and computer programming keep bubbling up in my research. More of this work to come, along with a possible remaking of this blog to reflect this shift in practice and thought.

In the meantime, Daniel, Katie, and I are showing work from our Edit Road Movie project at Transient Gallery in Des Moines, IA. The show opens on May 9th and will include a bunch of new work, some older stuff, and a few surprises for the opening:

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In other news, Gautam Agarwal and I won an Honorable Mention in the Art of Neuroscience competition from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience.

Sep
21

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The summer ended with a show at ACRE projects in Chicago in collaboration with Katie Hargrave and Daniel Luedtke. It’s up through September 29th, so go check it out! The show was curated by Kate Bowen, who wrote a lovely press release:

Edit Road Movie

From Ulysses to Kerouac the road trip, or quest, is well-established theme that spans world culture. A road trip offers a process that can provide redemption, transformation, and understanding. As a formal device the road trip presents time laid out in a straight line. This conceit keeps a narrative continually moving forward with no character left unchanged by the events that take place between points A and B. The destination is therefore also the resolution, the site of fulfillment after the long journey. However, it is the journey, its tireless momentum, its intense but uneasy relationships that are created as a curious visitor, and its necessary return to the starting point, that contains the events and experiences that allow for meaningful understanding.

Katie Hargrave, Daniel Luedtke, and Nick Lally create works that explore the road trip as a romantic, fractured, and anxious experience in their exhibition Edit Road Movie. The exhibition interrogates the peddlers and iconic byproducts of the road trip trope, focusing on the journey as a limbo. The work considers the aesthetics of the search and the journey rather than the experience of achieving fulfillment at the destination. For example, Katie Hargrave uses the audiobook narration of Kerouac’s On The Road and edits it to feature only the underlined passages in five found copies of the novel. This narration creates a backdrop for the rest of the exhibition of evocative prose, which now divorced from its context and story languishes in idling desires for transformation. Similarly, Daniel Luedtke creates a compilation of establishing shots from the beginning of action and horror movies with a road trip theme. With the majority of the image removed the video presents only the edges of the frame giving a glimpse of a continually panning lens that moves over a multitude of changing landscapes. The video cuts from one scene to the next never resting long enough to find a recognizable character or a place for the viewer to enter. The music from each scene is caught in a constant low crescendo providing an anticipatory soundtrack under Kerouac’s disconnected philosophies. The anxiety and excitement of perpetual momentum in Luedtke’s piece is further explored in Nick Lally’s video that presents the journey between point A and point B as a dusty circle that is seen from the inside of a car as it performs a donut maneuver, spinning in a never ending loop. Dizzy and directionless we try to find a steady course with advanced mapping technology. Several GPS devices with voice command simultaneously try to navigate becoming a chorus of possible routes, singing confusion and the pulling the traveller in many directions at once.

The first half of August found me at the amazing Shared Space Studio Artist-In-Residence program, run by Eliza Fernand and Mary Rothlisberger in Pentwater, Michigan. I took some photos of the stars:

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made some new drawings:

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and worked on some videos, a couple of which are on display in the ACRE show.

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Last spring, I was in two shows. Many Places at Once at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco was the impossible collaboration between everyone in my studio, which I think turned out quite nice! Included was a video of a play directed by Erin Jane Nelson that we all acted in and this installation:

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Mind Matters was a show at UCSF’s neuroscience building in collaboration with Gautam Agarwal, a neuroscientist at UC Berkeley. The project looked at electrical waves moving across the brain and other waves found in the material world. The prints and videos on display explored how similar wave phenomena are found at vastly different scales arising from unique mechanisms, making speculative links between our own brain activity and the rhythms of the world. A flag flying in the wind and brain wave data mapped onto a 3-D model are juxtaposed in these two prints:

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An installation shot:

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Videos below the prints played various wave experiments:

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It was a lot of fun for both of us to work in the interstices between our respective disciplines and I hope more of this work makes it out into the world.

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More photos, especially of bike adventures, can be found on the photo blog.

May
1

openStudios

Apr
16

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My studio, Real Time & Space (RTS), is part of the group show Many Places at Once at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. The show also includes work by by Martin Soto Climent, Rana Hamadeh, Li Ran, Cinthia Marcelle, William Powhida, and Ian Wallace.

Opening event: April 17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, 360 Kansas Street, San Francisco
Exhibition dates: April 17 – July 12, 2014

Come see an installation of works from the studio along with a play, The 14 Negotiators, written and directed by former RTS resident Erin Jane Nelson, made in collaboration with studio members of RTS. As part of the show, we will also be producing a series of events:

RTS Open House
Saturday May 3, 2 – 6 pm
At RTS, 125 10th Street, Oakland

RTS Film Night (not to be missed!) – curated by Anastasia Pahules
Tuesday, June 24, 7 – 10pm
At RTS, 125 10th Street, Oakland

RTS Potluck – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Casserole
Saturday, July 12, 6 – 8pm
At the Wattis, 360 Kansas Street, San Francisco
Self portrait potluck and balloon drop! Details TBA

Mar
10

mindMatters

This Friday, March 14th, Mind Matters opens at UCSF’s Sandler Neuroscience Center on the Mission Bay campus. I’ll be there from 2 to 5pm with my collaborator, Gautam Agarwal, a neuroscientist at UC Berkeley. Our work, Spatializing Waves, is an installation that includes two large prints and several videos. The title refers to both Agarwal’s work making connections between brainwaves and spatial understanding, and our own work examining and creating material waves that are related to brain activity.

Spatializing Waves makes connections between electrical waves moving across the brain and other waves found in the material world. Waves in our world take on a variety of forms: they are periodic and chaotic; natural and artificial; borne of photons, molecules, cells, humans, and cars. The project examines how similar phenomena are found at vastly different scales arising from unique mechanisms, making speculative links between our own brain activity and the rhythms of the world.

Then on Saturday, Land and Sea will be releasing a new book entitled OVERVIEW, full of 79 Risograph artist prints at Et Al in San Francisco. Included in this beautiful object is collaborative print I made with Katie Hargrave. Stop in between 6 and 9pm to check it out:

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Oct
16

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Recently I have been working with Gautam Agarwal, a neuroscientist at UC Berkeley, on a piece for the Mind Matters show next Spring at UCSF. His work is focused on understanding the relationship between spatial awareness and neural activity. He has been teaching me about his research and I have been developing data visualization tools in Processing to view and navigate through the massive data sets he is using:

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OpenGL in Processing has allowed us to visualize hundred of thousands of data points, animate them, rotate them in three dimensions, and change parameters in real time. In the visualization below, color represents spatial positioning and the height of the curves represent neural activity, showing clear connections between the two variables:

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We don’t yet have a vision of what this all becomes for the show, but we are developing a large cache of materials to work with.

Last Spring, avatar internet artist LaTurbo Avedon visited my Internet Tools class at SFAI. It was certainly the most unorthodox guest speaker I’ve had visit a class. Check out her intro video and then check out her projects, both of which are great.