On a flooded Earth of the future, an archeologist finds and attempts to view a forgotten medium.
The film was created by cutting, burning, weaving, and wrapping 35mm movie trailers.
Collaborations with Symphony Orchestras
My first such collaboration was with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2004. I went on to create a class entitled Visual Symphony- my students collaborated and presented with both the BSO (2006) and the Brooklyn Philharmonic (2008).
Experiments with zoetrope form
Experiments with what other forms my zoetropes might take: umbrella, hot air balloon, LP record. Development of these prototypes was fueled by time and funds from a Guggenheim Fellowship.
A bicyclist travels through a fantastical, collaged reconstruction of Denmark's capital.
About 25 zoetrope-like paper sculptures were built to create the film.
Implant is an imaginary medical device that hypothetically fits into a blood vessel, neuron, etc. It is super-enlarged, making the viewer feel microscopic. Implant plays with the paradoxical threat and promise of bleeding-edge anatomically invasive medical practices. The "nanomites” are cell-sized robots performing unknown tasks in the body. The installation is a combination of a large rotating tubular sculpture and projections of live video feeds from cameras aimed at the strips of 3D-printed/laser-cut/hand-painted animation on the tube.
Live zoetrope-video performances
Spinning zoetropes live as part of the Armory Show after-hours events in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at Bunnycutlet Gallery. Live VJ performance is an ongoing part of my art practice, allowing for spontaneity and testing of animations-in-progress which are part of my longer-term/larger-scale projects. I have also performed at the Tropic Cinema, Key West, FL (collaboration with pianist Jiayin Shen); MoMA Jacksonville, FL; and various venues in Baltimore (with band Batworth Stone).
The Geotrope project transforms both natural and urban/industrial landscapes into animated organic-synthetic hybrid sculptures. The first geotropes have been cut into the landscape. Future geotropes will consist of objects placed in the landscape.
The Bellows March
The Bellows March (a.k.a. Bellows), runs anthropomorphized concertinas through a cycle of destroy-create-destroy, contemplating the destructive and expressive potential of humans, and observes these extremes as an eternal cycle.
“…a most unusual and very old 19th century zoetrope cyclical device using 21st Century combined techniques places it in a separate category that may have to be invented....”
Bill Matthews, Disney Features, Head of Training
A Video Introduction, and The Zoetrope Tunnel
First, a video about my work.
And: The Zoetrope Tunnel is an immersive walk-through animated sculpture.
About my work
I continuously reinvent the zoetrope, a pre-cinema optical toy, creating unique methods of expression and exploring the ways it filters my ideas. I am now particularly interested in how the physical presence of animated objects surpasses the experience of viewing moving images on screen... more