Interactive/game art in OZ this December!

I’ll be heading to Singapore and Australia soon…to participate in the Luce Irigaray Circle conference in Melbourne from December 10-12, 2014.  Collaborating with my fabulous colleague Dr. Phyllis Kaminsky from Saint Mary’s College, we designed and fabricated an open-ended game that embodies some of the ideas of French philosopher Luce Irigaray.

The game features:  1.  a quilted game board (inkjet print on fabric);  2.  some 20-sided dice (only 1 pictured below…inkjet print on paper), and;  3. two game controllers that make sounds (wood, foam, Lilypad arduino, speakers, old school joystick buttons, ribbon cable, acrylic).

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Players role the dice in order to pair up (according to matching word -or- image on the dice).  Once a pairing is determined, each player uses a game controller to find the right sequence of sounds (button smashing!).

Individual players hear sounds from the opposite player’s controller (better than their own), because the speakers are essentially pointing away from them. Ideally the two players will figure out a way to communicate with one another in order to play sounds in sync, and in the right sequence.

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The game is collaborative and without instructions to players, in order to allow for new rules and sequences to be improvised in the moment of game play.

The sounds triggered by players are clips that I recorded in Paris last summer. Below is an example from a pet store near Notre Dame.

 

LVL-ing UP in Indy, Art in Odd Places!

Wow…I gave away 200 handmade paper gems & 100 stickers at Art in Odd Places FREE Festival, Indy!  ‪#‎aiopindy‬ ‪#‎aiopfree‬ ‪#‎levelup‬ ‪#‎powergems‬‪#‎exp‬ ‪#‎streetart‬

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Check out this video on wishtv…I’m at the tail end for like a second! http://wishtv.com/2014/10/17/art-in-odd-places-comes-to-indy/

Art in Odd Places, Indianapolis (10/17 & 10/18)

Come join me at the first Art in Odd Places installment in Indianapolis next week! I’ll be “Farming & LVLing_UP” at 11 East Market Street, next to the awesome Downtown Comics…making & giving out free paper gems and free stickers from on Friday & Saturday, 10/17 & 10/18, from 10-1pm & then 5-9pm.

Earn +1 stamina, +1 energy, +1 spirit, and +1 strength with me!!

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Trip the Lights Fantastic! at The Highline Loft Gallery (NYC)

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I’m in the group show TRIP THE LIGHTS FANTASTIC at Highline Loft Gallery in NYC from May 29th-June 1st, curated by Natalie Kates.

“Object Orientated LARPing (The Return of the Monolith Monsters)” is a new light sculpture I created specifically for the show. LARP is an acronym for Live Action Role Playing…a game in which participants physically act out their character’s behaviors, choices, and actions in a real world setting. The success of a live action role playing game relies heavily on the commitment to character and authenticity players create through their costuming, makeup, and performance during game play.

Real world physical objects often stand in for imaginary game-based ones (a cardboard tube as a stand in for “The Sword of Destiny,” for example). This sculpture is the object-equivalent to participant/performance LARPing, creating a sense of authenticity with common materials (paper, foam, paint) and a performative element (fading light).

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Trip the Lights Fantastic!

I’m in a group show coming up in NYC titled TRIP THE LIGHTS FANTASTIC at Highline Loft Gallery from May 29th-June 1st, curated by Natalie Kates

“Object Orientated LARPing (The Return of the Monolith Monsters)” is a new light sculpture I created specifically for the show.  LARP is an acronym for Live Action Role Playing…a game in which participants physically act out their character’s behaviors, choices, and actions in a real world setting. The success of a live action role playing game relies heavily on the commitment to character and authenticity players create through their costuming, makeup, and performance during game play.

Real world physical objects often stand in for imaginary game-based ones (a cardboard tube as a stand in for “The Sword of Destiny,” for example). This sculpture is the object-equivalent to participant/performance LARPing, creating a sense of authenticity with common materials (paper, foam, paint) and a performative element (fading light).

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Art2Make at Columbia College (Chicago, IL)

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A 3D print of my WoW performance avatar Kryzzik has been included in the group exhibition Art2Make, featuring works by new media artists that you can print for yourself!

Art2Make is an exhibition of sculptural objects presented as digital files that can be freely printed using 3-D printing technology. The first editions of all the works in Art2Make will be exhibited at the Center for Book and Paper Gallery at Columbia College, located at 1104 S. Wabash Avenue in Chicago, from February 10 through April 15, 2014.

Art2Make was organized by Conrad Gleber, Mat Rappaport, Gail Rubini, and Chris Manzione, in collaboration with the media artists collective v1b3.

 

You can yarnbomb a place….

…can you yarnbomb a person?

This Valentine’s Day,  I wanted to do something ambitious for my “life-increase-by-one-heart” yarnbombing project.  Instead of yarnbombing a place, I decided to knit a “Legend of Zelda”-inspired kids sweater…for charity!

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Lion Brand Yarn’s website has a great search tool for finding charities in your area that accept knitted & crocheted items…everything from hats, scarves, blankets, sweaters, toys…whatever you can think of!  Spread some love this Valentine’s Day!

http://www.lionbrand.com/charityConnection.html

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Art2Make…3D Print Exhibition & Project!

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Now you can print your own sculpture of my WoW ‘toon, Kryzzik…featured in my ongoing installation series RESPAWN!

Kryzzik has been included in the exhibition/project Art2Make…a project of CAA’s Services to Artists Committee in conjunction with ARTspace at the 2014 Annual Conference, being held in Chicago, February 12 through 15, 2014.

Art2Make is an exhibition of sculptural objects presented as digital files that can be freely printed using 3-D printing technology. The first editions of all the works in Art2Make will be exhibited at the Center for Book and Paper Gallery at Columbia College, located at 1104 S. Wabash Avenue in Chicago, from February 10 through April 15, 2014.

Art2Make was organized by Conrad Gleber, Mat Rappaport, Gail Rubini, and Chris Manzione, in collaboration with the media artists collective v1b3.