Thursday, January 27th, 2011
I made my first post to the board Reddit unceremoniously last night. I had randomly been thinking about an old picture I took while living back in Chicago of a character from Final Fantasy thrown up as a graphic on a hair-salon marquee. I figured, “Hey this is probably exactly what people on the internet care about.” (Though to give proper credit, I have read through some very intelligent stuff on Reddit). Well I was right. To date (which is ONE date so far) it is my single most viewed contribution to the internet: as of 2:55pm Mountain Time on January 27, 2011: 25,665 views. Culture in bytes.
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Monday, January 17th, 2011
I’ve been working on a Star Field Simulator for the Meow Wold Due Return Installation at the Santa Fe CCA in May. The installation is going to fill a 6,000 sq/ft room with an alien environment and a crash-landed inter-dimensional space ship. The sky is going to be composed of 384 LED stars running and pulsing on 48 different circuits. I’ve been writing a Sim for all of this in Processing so we can see how things may be handled. The project is easily going to be insane, and I encourage anyone interested to learn more and to support the Due Return on Kickstarter. If you have (or download) Processing, you can download and play around with the sim till your heart’s content.
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
Here is, friends, the only thing written by Wife that ever got laid down. Not even by the full family, but by Doug Milliken as Ichabod Hate on his new album Rat Park out on Father Time Records. This is the video he put together for our song, Smacks of Ashely. Mike always wondered what that meant. There were vocals, but god knows what they were.
Also recently in the world of Doug: one of his other projects with another pal o’ mine Erich Schwann, the Yòü-Tü, just put out a brilliantly good and beautiful new album, Send Off Smoke. We’ve also just recently put up a bit of interactive planar fiction by Doug over at NaDA. Ben Nigra 1982 which can be read and folded online. It’s an experimental work in an experimental format. Check it out. Check Doug out. He’s been busy this Winter.
Monday, January 3rd, 2011
This is not my project, but I am going to be helping out with a little bit of the programming and soldering for some of the elements in it. The folks with the art collective Meow Wolf up in Santa Fe are putting this together for the CCA in May and it threatens to be extravagant.
In their words:
*YOUR DONATION THROUGH KICKSTARTER WILL BUILD THE SHIP*
*The ship is 70ft. long, 25ft. wide, and 14ft. high. Your donation gives us the lumber to build it.*
An inter-dimensional ship has settled on an alien landscape. Once a seafaring vessel, it now bares the marks of its previous voyages; a hodge-podge of transport devices and retro-fitted technologies.
The ship’s interior speaks of the rich history of the ship and its passengers, a history that is discoverable through a vast fictional archive presented throughout the ship.
The foreign environment that the ship resides in is filled with alien flora, fauna, and fungi; glowing trees that interact with audience members, cliff dwellings sprouting mysterious fruits, and creatures that sing alien tunes.
This project will incorporate video, live performance and extensive interactive elements to submerge the audience into a fully-operating fictional world.
Designed and directed by Meow Wolf, the installation will be a collaboration with over 100 artists, including national and international artists. Meow Wolf expects this project to garner attention from leading art publications when it opens in May of 2011.
Saturday, January 1st, 2011
The challenge starts today! What is your thing-a-day for Fun-A-Day? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got any last-minute questions or ideas. See you in a month!
Fun-A-Day is a game plan for activity and friendship in January. The guidelines are simple: create your own project and produce one piece of art (loosely defined) every day for the entire month. Then submit your 31 pieces in early February and be included in the (unjuried) show to be held at the Normal Gallery in Albuquerque.
Projects may vary from the pragmatic to the imaginative and abstract. You can do a painting-a-day, a postcard-a-day, a carbon transfer, a loaf of bread, a transcription of a conversation between children, or a photograph of a piece of origami that you leave in a public place.
Email us with brainstorms or feel free to post ideas to this page.
Fun-a-day was started and is perpetuated by the Art Clash Collective out of Philly. Have the fun guys.