Portfolio of Possibilities    in collaboration with Amie McNeel, Mark Zirpel, & Sam Stubblefield   In spring and summer of 2016, Amie McNeel, Mark Zirpel, Sam Stubblefield along with Joshua Borsman, transformed MadArt Studio into a laboratory. Here, they experimented with different materials and investigated the dynamic relationship between oceanic and celestial themes. The studio became a multisensory and multidisciplinary exploration of buoyancy, gravity, kinetics, vibration, repetition, and scale.  McNeel and Zirpel are contemporary, multi-media sculptors who combine traditional processes with new technologies. They have taught together for eight years in the 3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture Program at the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design. While each has their own artistic practice, this was their first time collaborating as artists. Their work was also augmented by artist Sam Stubblefield and Joshua Borsman, who used movement sensors and live data to create a conversation between the objects, viewers, and the world around them.  From April 1st through August 27th, visitors could witness several iterations of this large, progressive artwork unfold at MadArt Studio. The artists viewed this as an opportunity for shared growth, scholarship, and productivity for the public and collaborators alike.  The final version of the exhibition opened July 24th and coincided with the second annual Seattle Art Fair, August 4th-7th. MadArt was pleased to return as a community partner with the art fair that year.
   Digital inner tube knot    in collaboration with Sam Stubblefield and Amie McNeel   Exploration using inner tubes, motor controllers, internet communication and live transit data. As busses come close to the sculpture motors activate and create a playful data visualization by causing the inner tubes to gyrate and bounce around.
  European Cultural Centre, Venice 2017    in collaboration with    Sam Stubblefield     Listen!   Samuel Stubblefield and Joshua Borsman often use digital technology to connect individuals to broader nature and natural systems, as in the case of their work for the European Cultural Centre in Venice, Italy.  This work created autogenerative sound and visual compositions driven by real-time data from internet-connected buoys placed throughout the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. While listening to the composition, the audience is immediately connected to real events that are happening in the vastness of nature. Using the internet as the connective tissue and ocean activity as the composer, the ever-evolving experience asks the audience to rethink their relationship to the internet and nature. The sound is not only accessible within the European Cultural Centre, but is projected from the world’s loudest battery-operated speakers placed in the hulls of traditional  battelli code di gambero  shrimping boats. The boats, deployed throughout the city of Venice during the 2017 Biennale di Venezia, reshape the urban environment with data-driven sound. The expression layers in broader society, moving nature to the front of consciousness within a context that typically denies a meaningful connection to nature.   More detail
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