I am a collaborator in the international public art project titled valley 2 valley, a sculptural project co-commissioned as an international biennial partnership with ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, USA and the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Salda Verkhnaya, Russia). The work centers around the two tech centers-Silicon Valley in CA and the Titanium Valley in Russia. Launched in the virtual reality, this innovative project will stand as a platform for unique public art objects hosted by the Ural city of Verkhnyaya Salda and the capital of the Silicon Valley.
I will be attending the ZERO1 Biennial to install the USA portion of the project and to participate in the lectures, symposia, and openings.
v2v documentation http://www.flickr.com/photos/kidneutrino/sets/72157631049420666/
The 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art http://en.uralbiennale.ru/
ZERO1 Biennial http://www.zero1.org/
As part of the v2v co-commission, I have been asked by the members of the Russian team to design the booth for a preview of the project at the trade-show Innoprom. Here are my designs:
although I was not able to convince the Russian the construction crew to cut a ‘sun’ into the ceiling, I am very happy with the results. Zehnya and the team was able make a few finishing touches and the booth looked great.
I have begun researching 3D scanning and decided to go with the DAVID Laserscanner software for the moment. This is the first scan I did with the low resolution free version.
Since then I have scanned most of the faculty and want to do a relief of the faculty faces to install next to the Art Office.
Tantalum Memorial: Reconstruction is a sculptural and technology project that commemorates the 4 million people killed during the civil war in the Congo. much of this conflict is directly attributable to the battle over the mining right for a high priced ore that is key in all contemporary electronic technologies, coltan.
Tantalum Memorial: Reconstruction was exhibited in Berlin Germany at the transmediale09 Festival, where it won the first prize, AWARD 09, for the entire festival.
My work titled Fluoxetine is a soft sculpture representative of the bio-active chemical and is reminiscent of the plush toy transitional objects of childhood. Fluoxetine is an anti-depressant pharmaceutical. This chemical is popularly known as Prozac, the trademarked name by manufacturer Eli Lilly and Company. It is commonly prescribed for conditions related to depression and panic disorder.
The object is intentionally rendered for personal interaction. It is human sized and designed to be attractive to the hand and eye. I want viewers to interact: touch, hold, and cuddle the sculpture.