Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Individual, 2008

28"w x 56"h x 24"d

dress, blower fan, masking tape, Plexiglas

Journey, 2008

16"w x 52"h x 17"d

video of rapid eye movement on digital picture frame, cardboard boxes, hand truck, battery pack, packing materials

I still plan on mailing the box but I haven't found a long lasting battery supply yet. A mobile power pack only lasts for 2 hours. So I think I am going to try using a motorcycle battery and an inverter. Hopefully then I'll be able to go on a long journey. I would like to send myself to one person, who then sends me to another person, and so on, for a certain amount of time. I would track the package with a GPS system, but have no control over where it goes.

Monday, November 24, 2008

these lights could make text!

And they could be hooked up to a proximity sensor so that the lights would get brighter as a person got closer to it. Hmmm..... I've been looking for a way to use text in a sculptural object, instead of just on the wall. I would really like to use the phrase I came up with that describes why I make interactive work ("you have the words I cannot seem to find"). I think this might be the solution - LED's behind a translucent screen!

Color Field, by Guy Marsden
(found here)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

late night inspiration

The Painted Room, by Chris Dorosz

for Maggie...

(made with monofilament and globs of acrylic paint!)

found here

Friday, November 21, 2008

another kind of horizon

This is the most creative response to the wanted ads I've been putting on Craigslist, in which I ask people for a picture of their horizon. James Reinhofer of Chicago sent me this picture of a Dodge Horizon:

Thursday, November 20, 2008

experiencing text over time

I have been doing research on the use of text in transitional spaces (for my mechanical text interest, as well as my you are here signs). The image with the red signs is a Burma Shave ad (they became famous for putting signs like this alongside highways in the 40's and 50's). The long and tall image is of an installation in a New York subway tunnel, called The Commuter's Lament or A Close Shave, by Edward B. Colp (which is beautiful in a makes-you-want-to-cry kind of way). 
Spending the day at home.

Peter and his scrapey tie

(that tie is the best gift I have ever given)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

inflatable self-portraits

Tim Hawkinson's Balloon Self-Portrait

Max Streicher's Blow

good idea

why I make interactive work:

You have the words I cannot seem to find.

Cory's Yellow Chair

Inspiration for my newest test (here). By Arthur Ganson.

Friday, November 14, 2008

a lion and a... bear?

This is my niece Brittany and her best friend Sarah performing in a musical at church a few years ago. I'm not sure who the little boy between them is, but I love him.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

(a horizon picture I was sent from someone in Alaska)

Last Friday

I saw a black bear run across the road in the center of town.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I have high hopes for my website

(the guy who's making it)

(photo by Mike Fleming)

quote of the day

The past is at once perpetual and ephemeral.
-Jonah Leher (from "Proust Was a Neuroscientist")

{and so, too, is the present}

The Size of Here

This is the most recent test dealing (again) with the idea of "here." It uses an arduino microprocessor, 4 servo motors, and a close-range proximity sensor. I am really excited about the possibilities. I might try to make an entire sentence that is made up of disparate letters that only congeal into readable text when you get close enough to the wall (using a stronger proximity sensor). OR I could make a really long sentence on the wall of a long corridor, and each word would form one at a time as you walked by.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween #2

A select few from the 500 pictures I took that night...