I am very excited to announce that a large scale solo exhibit of my piece, WoodEar, will show at Ruffin Gallery from August 29th to October 3rd, 2014. The August 29th opening, which will run on a Final Friday from 5:30 – 7:30, will include live choreography with multiple dancers directed by UVa Choreographer Katie Schetlick. The installation will also include new digital and fixed media pieces with significant contributions by my collaborator, New York-based sculptor and video artist, Jennifer Lauren Smith. The piece will
On May 1st, 2014, Charlotteville NPR affiliate, WVTF, broadcast a story by local radio producer, Sandy Hausman, about WoodEar. A transcript of the story and the original audio are available for reading/listening at the WVTF website: http://wvtf.org/post/wood-ear-exploring-feelings-trees
On April 16, 2013, WoodEar had a successful first opening at the Pace Digital Gallery in downtown Manhattan. The piece is spread over three floors, using three flat-screen displays, one projection, and six channels of audio. The video footage used in the piece was created by Jennifer Lauren Smith. After it closes on May 3rd, I intend to revise it and install it at other venues. The installation at Pace was made possible with the help of Turbulence.org and funding
In late 2012 I was interviewed by artist, critic, and editor of Neural magazine, Alessandro Ludovico. We discussed my early net pieces through my latest, WoodEar. While you need a subscription to access the entire magazine, you can download a PDF of the interview here.
Continuing our collaborations, I created a soundtrack for Jennifer’s installation film, Present Day, earlier this year. The film is intended for a large vertical projection. Per Jennifer’s description: “Present Day depicts the silhouette of a present-day shaman performing a sequence of movements beneath a crescent moon. His routine is expressive and random and it becomes apparent that his dance is not grounded in a specific cultural tradition but is more a mash-up of idiosyncratic references. As the routine ensues, the
A tree is a biological network: roots gathering water and nutrients, leaves using sunlight to produce food, and phloem and xylem running throughout to move water and nutrients across the structure. WoodEar attempts to extend the dynamic qualities of this biological network into the digital network. A series of sensors attached to the tree stream data on the state of its environment – light, temperature, air pressure, and wind. This live data is merged with photos and recordings of the tree’s immediate
I’m excited to announce that my proposal for a new piece called ‘WoodEar’, has received a generous grant from Turbulence.org with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Turbulence.org previously funded my 2007 web-based piece, ItSpace. WoodEar will use data from sensors and microphones embedded in a living tree to drive a physical and online sound installation, and will explore the musical and network mappings that can be created when a tree is considered as a resonant object. In
Following a successful showing at SIGGRAPH 2011 in August, the newly rebuilt ItSpace went for a 10-day showing at the Pixilerations [v.8] New Media Fringe Festival from Sept. 22nd to Oct. 2nd in Providence, RI. It is an annual joint festival between the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Brown University. ItSpace was displayed in the lobby of the recently built Granoff Center for the Creative Arts on Brown’s campus.
The second version of my installation, ItSpace, premiered at the SIGGRAPH 2011 Conference held at the Vancouver Convention Center in early August. I had spent the previous several months rebuilding the physical components of the piece from scratch. The original version was completed on a short deadline and used photos glued to paper-covered pieces of foam board. The new version was designed to handle more crowd traffic, as several thousand attendees were expected to file through the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery.