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Public Art Conspiracy

Public Art Conspiracy - Untitled Interactive Video Performance

2005

The second in a what will be a series of collaborations with Shaun Elie and his band Tungda Brown. The elaborate show included 35 clips of Ottawa and the surrounding area combined with a live in-studio performance by the band. With no audience present inside the studio, the resultant video was fed in realtime via four large-scale projections into Ottawa's By-ward Market to compliment a live radio broadcast of the event.

Urban Drawing Ver 1

Urban Drawing Version 1

2005

This is the first version in a series of portable works with which the artist walks through urban environments, creating real-time digital sketches of the scene in front of him. The device allows pedestrians to experience looking through the artist, seeing an experimental representation of what he sees. The device was then adapted to an award-winning installation space for the documentation.

Instamatic Sketchatron

Rock Show Analysis - Instamatic Sketchatron Performance

2005

An experiment in mixing documentation with live performance at a rock show. This is the first in a series of collaborations with Shaun Elie. This performance used surveillance techniques to combine 3 live cameras. The camera feeds were mixed, transformed, and presented in real-time to the audience in a ceiling-height projection. The resultant animation was recorded and exhibited.

Blueprints Delay

Blueprints Delay

2004

“Blueprints” is a work in which translation occurs when the viewer interacts with the camera. In a matter of seconds, the lens records the viewer and digitises the signal, the computer interprets the data, converts it into a blueprint-like form, and then translates it for the video card to display back to the viewer. During that same instant, the viewer is interpreting the blueprint currently on screen, deciding how to act in front of the camera, and anticipating the computer’s response. Both the computer and the viewer are thinking and sharing input. For every bit the viewer provides, the computer returns the data.

Work Eat Sleep

Eat Sleep Work

2004

This is an experiment in translating the immediacy and vacuousness of our instantaneous consumer culture into a mixed media form. A 24-hour period is implied by the presentation of familiar elements of the day (sleeping, eating, and working) in the form of 6 translucent, ethereal forms with randomly blinking LED lights and unique bar codes.

Homemade

Homemade

2004

This is an early experiment with using the cursor, a basic visual feedback of a computer, to create a painterly effect that dialogues with traditional art forms while also emphasizing the unique qualities of digital systems. The unique mixed media framing technique and the drawing program used to produce the image were created by the artist.

Urban Drawing Ver 1

Automoderns

2004

A series of digital prints and animations experimenting with using matrix algebra to dialogue with traditional art forms.

Literature Processor v2.2

The Literature Processor Version 2.2

2002

This work questions the phrase "information is garbage" by using 52 111 lines of text and code to allow the viewer to experience a visual and auditory presentation of 13 volumes of classical literature at peak processor speeds. The resultant visual forms are unique to each work and include transformations by the artist.