In addition to my art stuff, some of you know that I also run an audio mastering studio called, Spleenless Mastering.
One of the recent projects I worked on was the sound track to “Nebraska” a film by Alexander Payne. The sound track was written by Mark Orton and is really phenomenal. If you haven’t seen the film, check it out while it’s still in the theatre. It’s beautifully shot and the black & white landscapes are worth seeing on in their own right. It’s exciting to see that the film is up for several Oscars.
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I’m showing a project in an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico. The opening is February 6th in San Juan, PR.
All of the work is from a residency with the National Forest Service in El Yunque National Park,PR. The exhibition includes a great selection of work from artists and scientists.
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It’s the end of the summer when new students begin wandering around my neighborhood congregating around coffee shops, I’m busy working on class syllabus’s and will be teaching at the Pratt Institute this fall.
I’m also in two shows in the next few weeks. The first is a small faculty show at Pratt opening on Monday, August 26th. The opening is from 6-8pm.
The second show is in Colorado called Systems + Subversions together with a couple of artists I greatly admire like Marina Zurkow, and Scott Johnson. The opening is Thursday, September 12th, at 6pm at the I.D.E.A. Space, and the following day I will be in discussion with Philosophy professor Marion Hourdequin at 4:30pm on Friday, September 13th at Colorado College.
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I was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts grant for 2013. I was notified around the holidays the grant actually arrived in the mail a week ago. I’m excited to be able to use the grant money to continue working a film about the New Jersey Meadowlands. We did two separate expeditions so far and we have one more coming up later this summer to finish off production. Post production will take place in the fall. More to come over the coming months. very excited.
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BACK WATER follows a group of city dwellers as they spend 10 days exploring a new frontier of toxic waste dumps and abandoned factories. The team is confronted by natural elements such as wildfires and flood-tides, and as toxic spills threaten their water supply the fear of the mysteries this environment contains is palpable. As the journey travels downstream, an environment that initially felt inhospitable begins to feel more welcoming than the world that surrounds it. It is against this backdrop of birds and factories, open sky and highway overpasses, the explorers contemplate what it means to adapt and live in a man-made world, reminded of the contradictions inherent in such a landscape.
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We just launched Radio Kaikukukatu 92,2 FM in Helsinki. We’re broadcasting from the top of KuvA / Finnish Acadamy of Fine Arts. Live radio is broadcasting now and MFA final projects broadcast tomorrow (11/29/12) at 2pm. Helsinki Tune In!
This is part of a class I’m teaching at KUVA called Wandering Methodologies that explores various forms of public engagement on the airwaves, online and in public.
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I’m giving a presentation at The Rhode Island School of Design this Friday November 9th at 6:30pm, CIT 103, in Providence RI.
I’ll be talk about some previous work and also talking about my on going film project called The Spice Trade Expedition. I’ll be showing some of the new footage from the trip.
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Here’s a Deutsche Welle Television show about a project I did in 2009 called the Urban Prospector. The show also includes a great project by Andrea Polli, and Blast Theory. Urban Prospector starts at 1:57.
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Here’s a new interview with Morgan Levy and myself on our project, Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt. Our interview is about 10 minutes long and goes into depth about some aspects of the project that we’ve never talked about before. We’re about 30 minutes into the show, or you can listen to the whole episode which has three other great stories about hookworms, DDT, and the arctic.
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Two projects of mine, All-Salt and Spice Trade Expedition, are part of the Surface Tension exhibition at Eyebeam curated by Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin.
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New Art/Science Affinities by Andrea Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans and Pablo Garcia, has a section about one of my projects, The Urban Prospector. The book focuses on artists working at the intersection of art, science and technology, was produced by a collaborative authoring process known as a “book sprint.” Derived from “code sprinting,” a method in which software developers gather in a single room to work intensely on an open source project for a certain period of time, the term book sprint describes the quick, collective writing of a topical book.
“New Art/Science Affinities” (2011, 8.5×11 inches, 190 pages, perfect-bound paperback, 232 full-color illustrations) is available for purchase ($45.75) through print-on-demand service Lulu, or for free download via the Miller Gallery website (http://www.cmu.edu/millergallery/nasabook).
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This is a prototype for an electric generator to provide light. It is designed to turn benzoylmethylecgonine (cocaine) into electrical power using humans as a conduit. Its is a Rube Goldberg type machine where the input is a serotonin–norepinephrine–dopamine re-uptake inhibitor (SNDRI) which is then processed by a human body and converted into energy. This energy is then applied to a crankest which transfers the energy into rotations of an induction motor. This generates 12 volts of power that passes through and DC to AC inverter converting it to alternating current. This AC current powers a fluorescent work light that enables the process to be repeated.