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Scholarly Work
Post-Human//Future Tense//Present Success!

As some of you know, the past few weeks have been pretty busy with this whole show thing I’ve been co-curating with Nic, Michelle and Victoria.  The past week especially has been intense as there are always last minute things with a show that includes multiple projectors, interactive works and monitors.  And don’t get me […]

Found note…

I found a little note to myself today. It was in a book called Time, by Eva Hoffman, which is a fascinating historical and cultural investigation into time. Really more of a philosophical inquiry rather than a cultural commentary, though…Still, here is the note’s text: “time folds in on itself; different temporal states can exist […]

An updated Thesis Draft

        A paradox is a strange thing.  Since its existence is defined as a contradictory set of premises there are different ways of interpreting them. The two pursuits of art and science thrive on the paradox.  The former is sometimes concerned with the creation of situations that may lead to or are […]

No one may ever have the same knowledge…

And for good reason, it seems… I just finished reading one of the books on my Thesis bibliography: No One May Ever Have the Same Knowledge Again, released by the Museum of Jurassic Technology.  It really is a fascinating collection of letters sent to the Mt. Wilson Observatory around the year 1930, right when astronomers […]

Thesis Working Bibliography

Working Bibliography Bennett, T. (1995). The Birth of the Museum: History, Theory, Politics. New York, NY: Routledge. Broderick, D. (ed.)(2008). Year Million. New York, NY: Atlas & Co. Brand, S. (1999). The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility (The Ideas Behind the World’s Slowest Computer). New York, NY: Basic Books. Case, S. (2007). […]

A New Statement for a New Year

A paradox is a strange thing.  Since its existence is defined as a contradictory set of premises there are different ways of interpreting them. The two pursuits of art and science thrive on the paradox.  The former is sometimes concerned with the creation of situations that may lead to or are the direct result of […]

Contemplating Performance/ Article Response

Response to Photography and Performance by Mark Alice Durant, Aperture (no. 199, Summer 2010). Chris Burden seems to be one of the biggest go-to artists for this theme of performance and photography.  But in this case, as with many other artists who are discussed in this article, it is that the documentation of the performance […]

Fictions of the Real

July’s issue of Astronomy Magazine holds some content that is of particular interest to me in terms of the exploration of the blur between truth and fiction and the empirical paradox.  As it has been discussed in earlier posts, the history of astronomy is riddled with curious observations and hysteria.  One of the most famous […]

CV is the new VR

Computer vision is both the antithesis and logical evolution of virtual or augmented reality.  It could be argued that computer vision IS augmented reality, which is a complex form of virtual reality.  But of course, I can’t just make a claim like that point blank.  Well, I could, but I have to make sure there […]

Post-Crit Review

Monday was the big Thesis Candidacy Review.  I had a pretty solid presentation and managed to fit in HOURS of material into 15 minutes.  That was a little bit of a challenge because I like to talk about stuff relevant to my work.  There were several important conceptual considerations that weren’t addressed fully, at least […]

Paper for Panel Presentation: Dimensions of the Unattainable

Observational practices in astronomy and cosmology, and by extension the practices in my line of artistic inquiry, reveal a sort of disparity between what is real and what is experiential. This is to say that what is observable and complex phenomena in the universe at large operates at a scale very different to that which […]

An updated Artist Statement

At its heart, my artistic practice is about experiencing science, in the form of astronomy and cosmology, though various aesthetic processes and forms. Many of the operating principles, such as sensitivity to the process of experimentation and the scientific method, very much align with my artistic process. Astronomy is a practice of making observations and […]

Panel Brainstorming

As part of a class I’m in called Connected Studio Practices (taught by the chair of our dept, Michelle Citron) we are required to present panel discussions at the end of the semester. These are meant to be open to the public and in the past have generally been well-attended by faculty and peers. Our […]

NAO-CCC Collaboration & Book Project

Last semester we had a visiting artist, Sdrjan Jovanovic Weiss,  from the Normal Architecture Office (NAO) based out of Philadelphia.  On the Thursday night of his visit he gave a lecture and the following weekend held a workshop where we photographed a collection of architectural models.  Out of the workshop came a ton of photography […]

Experiments That Have Something To Do…
Experiments That Have Something To Do...

Experiments That Have Something To Do With Some Scientific Concepts That An Understanding Has Come About Through The Production Of A Piece Of Video Art   Time is relative.  Airplanes travel fast, don’t they? Quantum particles.  Look how they dance so. Feedback.  All systems are affected by both the positive and negative. These are some […]