These images are of a “birdhouse” traffic light that was installed in Cleveland, Ohio. The structure will house a webcam that streams video to a nest-like structure in Columbus, Ohio. The traffic light will also have an LCD monitor that will stream live footage of viewers of the nest in Columbus. The intention of the piece is that both humans (in Columbus) and birds (in Cleveland) will begin to interact with each other “telepresently.”
The Menagerie after Pieter Boel, 2013
Frame, video screen, DVD player, stick
Digital print of drawings done on Wacom tablet using stick/log/tree as interface
Wow! These are awesome!
Insects carefully crafted and represented as beautiful. Not slimy, not ugly and not scary. And something other than “cute”.
I keep looking, looking.
And, there, I adore …
and only I shall know if
it was requisite failure.
No true hybrids of wetware and hardware, no horror, no poetry, no resolve for animals and humans survived the two months of studio experiments with the caterpillars/chrysalises butterflies. Rather, a strange pinkish reliquary of sights and thoughts.
I wouldn’t call the time fruitless, I now see myself neither here nor there when it comes to the animal kingdom. I think of animals as home not in the lesser of two worlds (human or animal), but existing in a third realm, outside of human knowledge. I want to think of animals as subjects in their own right to see how this challenges art-interventions otherwise welcomed. I am much more sensitive than before. For example: the butterflies release a beautiful reddish-pink excrement after emerging from the chrysalis, friends have seen this in my studio and suggested this should be my next project. But how can I bring 100+ organisms into my studio for the sole purpose of harvesting their excrement for a beautiful composition. What do they gain? This is an important question to me. In the case of the butterfly excrement painting, the organism gains nothing, not as far as I can tell. In my opinion quite the opposite occurs, as the organism is brought into the world as a commodity and leaves as such. No agency for the animal here. Typically this type of encounter goes unchallenged, because animals are perceived as lesser than humans. So, the challenge for me is really thinking about how I can show an alternative world where the line between animals and humans can be replaced with something more interesting, and more helpful for us both.
Traditional narratives are being restructured. As a result, people feel a greater need to personally participate in the discovery of values that affect and order their lives, to dissolve the division that separates them from control, freedom… ` Lynn Hershman Lesson
"There is nothing Blizzard Cam can do but film its own fate"
Three Parts Per Trillion (December 2013)
Three Parts Per Trillion captures the volume of a trillion particles within the outer cloth boundary, and three of these particles are exaggerated and represented by the copper handkerchiefs in the room. The trillion particles made visible within this space partners with the surrounding domestic objects enveloping the viewer in a cozy space with cues of home. The copper handkerchiefs, delicately embroidered with the monogram of copper’s chemical structure provide an open invitation to be touched and inspected. When they are touched, the warm light of the room is extinguished, disorienting the viewer in an unexpected and abrupt moment of darkness. This human experience translates how toxic copper levels in the water affect salmon. Their ability to smell is effected when copper levels reach three parts per trillion. Smell is their primary sense, and imprinted smells of home direct them back to their natal spawning grounds.
Zoologists and ecologists these days use “camera traps,” or motion-activated cameras hidden in natural habitats, to observe wildlife without harming them. The resulting pictures are often heartbreakingly gorgeous, occasionally goofy, and reveal animals we never knew existed.
THE LIFE OF A GRIZZLY IN A CANADIAN NATIONAL PARK FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF DATA POINTS AND SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS PRESENTS A FASCINATING LOOK AT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE WILD IN THIS INTERACTIVE FILM FROM THE NFB."Sometimes it’s hard to tell where the wired world ends and the wild one begins" - Bear 71"They also gave me a number. I’m bear 71" -Bear 71
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Spend 20 minutes with this NOW! Here are the 3 reasons:
1. This artwork brings together many of the topics of the Telepresent Animal - knowing animals through technology, encountering the animal, the voice of the animal, and – what else can we do with all of the webcam footage and collected data?
2. It is interactive art film that actually uses the technology well. It the service of good storytelling, it allows the viewer to navigate around and explore webcam footage clips, but it does not disrupt the solid story.
3. And it made me cry. How many films can do that, let alone interactive films?
In the voice of Bear 71, “What looks random to you probably isn’t. Maybe you can learn it with hidden cameras and test tubes, but I doubt it.”
A designer proposes using synthetic animals to help perpetuate natural species and also clean up the environment that threatens them.
Another nice speculative fiction project that generates great, click-able, re-blogable headlines. Visit the artist’s project, "Designing for the Sixth Extinction" here.
Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer.
Scientists have found that honey bees – Apis mellifera – have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range.
Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.
This is an excellent example of how designed objects can illuminate existing scientific research. The object manifests the potential of the research into our collective imaginations. I can’t wait to see how this continues to evolve.
It’s hard to get more up close and personal than this – but how does one go about capturing such spectacular photographs?
Screenshots captured from “Car-L meets the lions”.
The answer: by strapping a DSLR inside a heavy duty, radio-controlled camera buggy and driving it right up next to a pride of very curious lions.
Follow the link above to watch some video documentation of the experiment. The lions seem really playful with the camera.
Clam found off Iceland was 507 - “the oldest animal on Earth”, until British scientists killed it
When a clam was dredged up from the bottom of the sea of Iceland, a team of scientists eagerly cracked it open - killing the oldest animal in the world.
The mollusc was 507 years old - when it was born, Michelangelo was just about to start work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
The process of opening clams to study their “growth lines” is fatal. The clam was named Ming after the Chinese Ming Dynasty, which was in power when it was born.