Westcott House Residency 2018

June/July 2018 | Springfield, OH

While I led the students at the Summer Design Studio to use the large paper pieces I've been using lately, I did not work with their installation, but just built my own separate piece after the studio was finished.  Studio graduate and assistant teacher Mustafa Haleem also built his own piece.  Again, Hatch New Media's Hort Club at Hatch Artists Studios let us take over some of their space during July's First Friday event.  

This piece is driven entirely by a single project in VDMX, and is mapped onto the paper pieces using MadMapper.  It is powered by one Macbook Pro and uses one projector.  I did not include an embedded soundscape this time, but the project is 'listening' to all ambient audio via a microphone, and in this case makes changes in brightness, shape and filter intensity based on volume level and frequency distribution.   By the time it was dark enough to see much, the event was officially over and most people were gone, so I filmed this document mostly with music playing, and that is what the piece is responding to. 

I spent just a week working on this piece.  I tried to formalize my process a bit (pretty much what I'm preaching to students) and do a better job of documenting that (see below).  I started with some basic ideas - things I'd been thinking of, things that were bothering me, things that were inspiring or interesting me.  Then I chose a few concepts from that batch and came up with a way I thought those interacted.  I ended up thinking about two kinds of 'drift':  a downward, collapsing feeling and an upwelling, floating positive feeling.  I felt those were part of a cycle.  Then I tried to physicalize those.  I had become interested in using the vertical gesture of these large pieces of paper. 

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For content, I tried to create two collections, one for each 'side' of the cycle.  Most of the upward stuff is natural and soft both in composition and motion, and the downward pieces tend to be more hard-dedged, artificial and jagged in shape and motion.  Though there is quite a bit of overlap.

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