To say whether an object is alive depends on your perspective. Our everyday perspective is full of things that are easy to label as living, but a new perspective offered by steady extension of the range of our senses present far more challenging scenarios where we must discriminate between what is animate and what is merely mechanical.
One of the greatest challenges to our perspective comes from simply adjusting the scale with which we observe the world. Close examination of the human body indicates that we are teeming with life at the micro-scale. An individual is a colony of macrophages, lipocytes, neurons and others. Each cell seems more alive than purely mechanical. After all, a cell swimming around in a lake is enough to be called an organism. Why not the same title for those swimming around your body? Or have they lost part of what makes them alive for the sake of cooperation with other cells?
As the range of our senses steadily expands we may meet new challenges to our definition of life. My piece Surface Images of Satellite #3 intends to raise such questions.
The two pieces below were on display at the 2010 All Media Show at the Ann Arbor Art Center.
3 x 5"
Oil and Mixed Media
5" x 8"
Oil and Mixed Media
Explant height: 8", copper wire, epoxy resin, hot glue, green LED base: 5" x 5", pine power: 4.5 V on 3 AAA batteries
This piece is on display in the Mind show at The Gallery Project through the end of March. Thanks to those who made it to the opening!
This is video is an exploration of an analogy about the molecular landscape of the human body.
Our body is made largely of protein, complex molecular machines that begin as a simple linked chain. they take their final structure by wrapping up upon themselves in order to release a kind of tension or energy stored in hundreds of small electrical charges.
In this video I add tension to a thin cotton rope by twisting from one end. with enough tension higher order structures form spontaneously. the shape and movement of the rope has a remarkably organic and sinister quality.
music by aphex twin
detail of run_4281
laptop with generative animation written in MATLAB
My piece "Rainy Night" was selected for the 2009 All Media Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center (on liberty and main st.) Thanks for joining me at the opening. ~ Also, I have four pieces on display at the 4th Avenue Gallery. Check them out any Friday night from 6-10 pm. Free music and refreshments, too. Located at 210 S. Fourth Avenue.
Not entirely sorted and somewhat organized by theme, this gallery is here if you are curious to see some more recent experiments or work while traveling in Europe during the spring of 2003 (the good old days).