Wise Words goes up

Our project Wise Words that was a part of the New Museum IDEAS CITY festival went up in the storefront of the architecture office GTECTS last week. The storefront was curated by mILES and also was a pit stop for Municipal Art Society’s city walking initiative, Jane’s Walk. There was a fun photo booth by the peeps from Chromatc. All in all a great set of people. The people who worked on the project were also an interesting, talented group that included Taylor Krauss from Voices of Rwanda who shot all the videos for the project.

 

Wise Words was a short fun project that involved interviewing older women about their experiences moving to New York City, a few of them came to the see the piece during the opening night and the others came to check it out later. They were thrilled, touched and fascinated by the magic that went into triggering stories just by touching the objects they talked about. Rick did a lot of research on Makey Makeys and Raspberry Pi’s both of which we landed up using for the interaction design component of the project. Our studiomate Jeff Gray 3D printed little holders for our Makey Makeys and our land lady Dessolena Bottiglieri helped us laser etch the wooden boxes. Our studiomate Sven lent us monitors to display the videos. It was truly a collaborative undertaking. We are now in the process of looking for a new home for the project and might have found something.

In other news, I celebrated my first anniversary working as a partner for Urban Matter Inc. We’ve been having a rollicking year full of fun projects and people. Under our art collective umbrella – Artist Build Collaborative, we were named one of the 104 finalists for the prestigious Artplace grants, next to institutions like Creative Time, New Museum and Time Square Alliance. We won the Black Rock Grant this year for our project Silent Lights and we hope to install it this summer. We have couple of very creative technologists helping us code the lights which is a big sigh of relief for us. Next in line would be to experiment with projection technologies to work on an upcoming experiential project. More on that over the summer. Signing off with some LED fun we had today at the studio.