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Aphid Hour: a podcast companion to an essay on Donna Haraway

This is a companion piece to  an essay that I wrote for the Sydney Review of Books on Donna Haraway’s latest book and some of her recent talks and lectures.  I put together an edit of a number of podcasts that discuss various aspects of aphids and their ecologies. The idea is to get some sense of the complexity of ecological forces that are operating on the aphid and that shape its evolution in various ways. Continue reading Aphid Hour: a podcast companion to an essay on Donna Haraway

Threshold (2016)

This show at 55 Sydenham Rd was joint effort between myself Paul Greedy and Sean O’Connell.  It was really great working with Sean and Paul on this and I think we ended up creating something together that was a little more than the sum of its parts.

My work for this show was created by burning paper directly with a laser.  The paper is attached to a motor that spins it at a variety of speeds. The laser tracks slowly across the spinning paper to create the spiral form. You can see the process that produced these works in the video Grasping Light. The patterns that you see in the smaller works are produced  by programing acceleration and deceleration into the rotation of the paper. The patterns emerge at certain speeds and are not something that I’m controlling directly. Its more about dialing in on particular speeds where I find something interesting happening. The laser dot has to be slightly out of focus for these patterns to emerge. I use simple code to program the speed variations. Each new drawing involves slight tweaks to the code that I’ve used to create the previous drawings.

Sean’s work for this show was a bunch of light boxes and prints that he created by placing objects on various types of film and blasting them with high voltage electricity. Here are a few shots of Sean’s light boxes

Read more about Sean’s spark photography.

Paul’s work  was this resonating instrument/installation. He pumped tones into the wires that were then amplified and fed back into the space. The copper pipe acted as a resonator. The volume rose and fell in a beautiful and unpredictable way.

In Flames: Windy Chaos (2015)

This video was created by placing laser cut black paper over an LCD screen. This obscures most of the image allowing only 18 intermittent lines of pixels to shine through. This work was shown in darkened space. This allowed for the highest level of contrast between the illuminated pixels and the black paper covering the screen. If you saw this work when it was exhibited you would have experienced true black, something that is impossible to reproduce on any monitors or projector that you might use to view the documentation of this work in the video below. Continue reading In Flames: Windy Chaos (2015)