“I have actually seen people contemplate their navels.”
John Heilpern

Conference of the Birds

Wandering

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These images were taken during a walk I took in fields near our house. In a way it was a new beginning because I had not wandered out with the camera in hand for a long time – I still don’t. I usually feel lost in the world with the camera in hand. This time I went out to challenge that concept.

This occured  shortly after an intense three month project with Shahar ended. I was carrying with me a question, which comes up often, about my relationship to the people and work I encounter when in Shahar’s bubble (which is where I have spent most of the last two years). My first impression is that I am some kind of a parasite. What can I do with the camera without other performers doing their work? What images would exist for me?

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With this in mind I went for a walk. These images are technically extreme, they were taken in low-light conditions, in which I pushed the camera into extreme settings and then (shortly after I arrived home) used a heavy hand in post processing. I felt I was fighting something.

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Beautiful Flowers

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This occurrence is a reminder to me of the amazing potential of improvised work. This session took place during preparations for the final performance of Shahar’s Tune-Barcelona workshop.

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I was busy preparing all kinds of technical things for the performance when Sophie came up to me and asked if I can join her, Africa and Judit in the bathroom (you get used to these kind of question when working in improvised settings). They wanted to incoporate a projection of images into a piece during the performance. When I completed some of the other tasks I was doing, I took the camera and headed in their direction.  These images were born during a magical 10 or 15 minute session. I then went to the computer, downloaded the pictures from the memory card and within 20 minutes more completed to select the 32 images that were presented during the performance. This was the first time that I completed a work, including digital post-processing in the performance space and within the bubble of the actual piece.

Beautiful Flowers Installation

I am creating an installation through which these images can be experienced. The installation will be a space in which people can travel a linear course that takes them through the story portrayed in the printed images. The installation is divided into zones – a zone includes one or more printed images. The zones are used to establish an interactive system of light and sound. Interaction is achieved through proximity sensors that can detect the presence of people. When people enter a zone the lights in that zone are activated to reveal the images (the rest of the space is as dark as possible).

The core idea for sound in the installation is that there is a complete audio piece playing the background. It is made up of tracks. One track is a constant base-ambient track that is always playing in the space. The tracks are also associated with Zones. In effect when a zone is activated the track that is associated with the zone is also activated (volume turned up?). The result is that the sound that is heard throughout the entire space is shaped by the presence of people in the space.

The physical setting of the installation has yet to be determined – the wish is to relate to qualities of the work while provising a solution that can be constructed and transported with ease so that the installation can travel to numerous locations around the world.

I am seeking people who can help realize this work: a sound artist, a lighting and multimedia programming artist, funding and a location that will host and produce the first installation.

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WordPress Karma

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This post has been on my mind for quite some time. What finally pushed it out is the unofficial international wordpress day (although I missed it by a day or two).

Karma is one of those tricky sanskrit words that relentessly changes its meaning in accomodating different contexts in which I try to apply it. In this case I am thinking of Karma as  a ripple mechanism in which things we do affect the world around us. Sometimes the affects are quick and apparent, other times they are subtle and take a long time to appear. Every time I think about WordPress this image applies in many ways and resolutions. Read More »

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Dynamic Quality

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Many ideas for posts that are running through my head rely on concepts of Quality I have adopted from Robert Pirsig’s books “Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” & “Lila”. So I have finally to decided to attempt at writing something about them – so those other posts may finally find their way onto light photons. Read More »

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Glimpses 04 – April 2008

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“sweet” came to an abrupt end – i think this was the first time i learned from shahar about clear decisions. though the work was very promising, the energy was not cohesive in the group and so this magical beginning came to an end. a few months later i was with shahar again – this time in the studio – partaking in shahar’s year long training program called “hunch”. again i had no idea what was going to happen, the invitation to join was very clear yet neither of us knew where it would go. Read More »

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