All right. So much has happened since last post, I will break it into chunks. Right now I am sitting in O’Hare Terminal 5 waiting to go to Berlin for my first solo show in Europe (I’ve done group shows, and collective shows with RTMark, The Yes Men, and Second Front.
However, this is the first one with just me. Wolf Lieser has been generous enough to take me on as part of the DAM stable and grant me a show during Transmediale, one of Europe’s premier media art festivals.
What will I be showing? Tapestries, of course, and I will see if I can get them wired for AR. I will be showing tapestries from Allahyari/Unluata’s collective project I was part of, Your Day/My Night, 8 Bits or Less, and some work from Die Wunderkammer. Also showing will be my engraving work based on my late 90’s figurative work. Many videos, from Second Front, The Yes Men, and 8 Bits or Less, Suburban Meditation, and Second Front work.
Earlier on Thursday, I will be showing my seminal work having to do with my resurrection of Slow Scan Television, Slow Scan Subterranean Homesick Blues. Slow Scan Television is a HAM Radio technology used during the Apollo Program that converts a frame of video to audio and transmits that frame every seven seconds at very low resolution. Since one of my specialties is lo-fi, SSTV is perfect. To make it even more lo-fi, I hid under a tapestry and videoed the piece with a Flip Mino to reference early video pioneers like Larry Cuba, shot shot film from a monitor.
The piece is a re-envisioning of the Bob Dylan piece, but re-edited so that every cue card gets 7 seconds so it scans. That stretched it to about 9 seconds, and I used Paul’s Time Stretcher to resample the audio, and it has a great, ethereal quality. Turns out about 9 minutes.
So, for now, “Artifacts” at DAM (a double play on low resolution and the fact that the show is largely made up of artifacts of my exploration in media culture and fabrication), and SSSHSB earlier in the day at Transmediale. I’m very excited, as I’ll see many friends there.