February 22, 2014
A couple months ago, Mike and I visited Jackie at her job cataloging insects at the Natural History Museum.
I’m thinking of doing a taxonomy project myself, so I wanted to see how it’s done by professionals… how the bugs are stored, what types of programs they use to digitize the info, what sort of data they track, etc.
These are the notes I took:
- A database programming language. Seems pretty hardcore. I want a real database, but not sure I’ve got the patience for learning a computer language. A friend who works in archiving suggested Tumblr and getting some of the functionality of a database with tagging. However, that only allows for searches using one criteria. But maybe I’ll start there.
– A kind of guide or document that helps you identify & classify a specimen. Need to read more about this.
– An app that helps ID plants based on pictures you take of leaves and upload. More about this in a future post.
Above: It’s hard to see here, but each insect has a tiny QR code which can be scanned and then brings up all the info about that specimen.
Above: Number of bugs Jackie has digitized.
February 18, 2014
A little preview …. still editing / waiting for documentation of my second project for the Upvan Art Festival, supported by FCA’s Emergency Grant. A little sculpture installed on a tiny island in the lake, via paddleboat.
Here are some video clips from the installation — one of the most surreal installations I’ve experienced.
February 1, 2014
During my time in Thane, I took a brief trip to Borivali, Mumbai to give a slide lecture at Cona, a space run primarily by Shreyas Karle and Hemali Bhuta. We had a nice conversation about public art in an Indian vs. western context, and I answered questions from students about finding one’s way as an artist and the creative process.
Shreyas printed these beautiful invitation cards for my lecture, which he titled “reconciliation of the opposites”.
February 1, 2014
This gorgeous photo was sent over by Miss Martha Clippenger in response to my Weed Census. Photo taken in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Check out Martha’s great show at Elizabeth Harris, up for one more week.
January 31, 2014
Watch the video on Flowing Data.
“Dennis Hlynsky, an artist and a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, recorded videos of flying birds and in post-processing shows previous flight positions for less than a second.”
January 22, 2014
I’ve posted documentation to my website for one of my two projects from my time in Thane, India.
January 18, 2014
As he posted on Facebook:
ART WORLD IS THE GAS STATION OVER-RUN BY A VENGEFUL PLANET OF RAGING WEEDS. David LaChapelle the wunderkind Warhol teenager who rose from that factory to soar through art forms, infuriating local priesthoods in each one, until he was directing vids for Madonna and Amy Winehouse and selling his photo works for prices rivaling the famous art stars that no-one has ever heard of. LaChapelle is now the kind of Earth re-wilder that we need replacing the predators in each category of establishment culture. His subversion of fine arts, photography and fashion – needs to spread to religion, retail, reality shows, medicine, fast food, science, banks, comedy, law enforcement (really?) – we need Earth disrupters everywhere for the required Earth revolution to take hold. The fossil fuel/big banker/war maker elite will be completely taken aback at how many of us appear in places they thought were safe for their profit center called Extinction. And we ARE everywhere. We’re starting a website for “Earth-lovers in Law Enforcement” to go with “Eco-Banker” – watch for the launches. If you’ve got a child and you want that child to live than you don’t support the fossil cartel, which includes all the Presidents and Prime Ministers you can come up with on your junior high quiz of the week. Tomorrow night we’ll go sing at David LaChapelle’s opening at the Kasmin Gallery, 10th Av and 27th St in the Chelse, 6 to 8 PM. We’ll sing a song or two, bless the man with a hands-on prayer, accept the celebrity wannabe mob as wayward sinners, after all sucking up to glam is a part of each of us, let’s forgive it in advance” “It’s OK, you look fabulous, but can you say… Earthalujah?!”
Check out DLC’s great show here:
January 3, 2014
It’s good to be here! The original idea, an installation inspired by tree barriers, will not work because there is not a good site. However, I have started on two other projects:
One: a collaboration with local students to create a digital archive of weeds.
Two: a sculpture to be installed on a tiny island in the lake.
More details to come as the projects progress. In the meantime: I asked for a jigsaw, a screwgun, and some screws so I could start building the sculpture. After some investigation, it seems it is way more cost effective to hire a carpenter to build the thing for me, and also a translator so the carpenter can understand my instructions!
Labor is cheap here. Goods, equipment, and materials are relatively expensive. This is why concrete is mixed by hand. This is why recycling is more prevalent here than in the US, because there is more value in the materials than in the human-hours spent sorting and processing it.
December 28, 2013
Headed back to India for 2 weeks to participate in the Upvan Art Festival, with a huge thanks to the The Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant for funding my journey!
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