In the Fall of 2007 I was invited to do an artist residency at the
Center for Integrated Media at the
California Institute for the Arts (CalArts).
While there I also gave an "Introduction to Robotic Art" workshop at
Machine Project in LA.
Over the course of a week the IM students and I worked together to build
a collaborative kinetic sculpture made almost entirely from found organic materials
(branches, seeds, flowers) and salvaged techo-junk (printers, motors, wire, lights).
There were also several video monitors and projectors hooked up to hand-held cameras that
visitors could use display different parts of the installation.
At the end of the week we did a collaborative live streaming video performance with
LoVid in New York. Video from the hand-held
cameras in the installation space was streamed over the net to LoVid's homemade video
processor that was set up at the
free103point9 project space in Brooklyn. LoVid processed the video and streamed it
back to us for projection into the installation space. Visitors could wander around the
space, grab a camera and send some video, talk to the participants in LA or New York,
eat some snacks, and so on. It was a casual, friendly way to end a terrific week of
collaborative experimentation and creative reuse.
Thanks to Tom Leeser, Stephanie Kern, Laura Steenberge, Edwina Portocarrero, Liz Glyn,
Dustin Thompson, Mark Allen, the Integrated Media community, LoVid, and free103point9 for their
kindness, generosity, and creativity.
pics from the IM
LoVid's processed video