In September 2016 I worked with Obscura Digital in San Francisco, CA to build a mobile projections vehicle for CNN’s #MyVote campaign, in partnership with Instagram, Facebook and CA Technologies.
The talented crew at Obscura fabricated a space-aged aluminum mechanical frame to house a 20,000 lumen video projector that deployed up and out of the back of the truck.
I designed and built all the control electronics for deploying and positioning the projector. For this project I was excited to use a wireless RC interface with proportional speed control which allowed for some very fine and smooth positioning as well as fast mode for quick setup.
CNN correspondents Chris Moody and Vanessa Yurkevich traveled with the #MyVote camper, and reported from the ground, talking to citizens to capture the faces and voices of the people. The goal was to go beyond the polls and the noise to grasp the real pulse of America. The truck travelled all over the US, including:
Bulls Gap, TN
St. Louise, MO
Las Vegas, NV
More videos of the projector in action as well as Obscura’s live projection results onto the Empire State Building can be viewed here.
I created this graphic on the inauguration day of the 45th president of the United States of America as a reminder to us all that there is still hope in the galaxy, that we must not be distracted. Stay the course, despite the odds, despite the hardships, the idiocy, the corruption. Stick together and keep fighting the good fight.
I’m not a big celebrity guy… folks are folks, and we all gotta eat…. but getting to meet Elon Musk and ride with him in the Tesla Model S car that I helped to hack, ahem, modify for the documentary Racing Extinction was pretty cool.
I’ve had an amazing time here in Breckenridge, Co. Jenn & Kate of Breckenridge Creative Arts have done a fantastic job of putting together this first annual Fire Arts Festival, and I look forward to the possibility of coming back here next year with my own art installation, or having a residency here. Orion Frederick’s sculpture, Gilly, was a huge hit. People were blown away!
This week I’m in Breckenridge, CO for the International Snow Sculpure Championships and Fire Arts Festival, assisting my good friend and collaborator Orion Fredericks with his latest creation Gillaptourous Corvus, aka “Gilly,” a 14ft tall fire breathing sculpture made from cold-forged and tig-welded stainless steel. This is Gilly’s first public appearance and the location is unlike any I have ever worked in before.
Fire art? In the Snow? At first it seemed absurd, but on second thought, of course! What a perfect juxtaposition of opposites, and who doesn’t want warmth when it’s cold outside? But then…. the more I thought about it… the more anxious I became. Working in sub-freezing temperatures… wondering how the lack of oxygen at high altitude would effect combustion… and then there’s the frozen propane tanks.
I’m having one of those mornings where Despair and Doubt ate their oatmeal and did their yoga before I could kiss Dream farewell. They are doing pushups on my Heart and running circles around my breathless Hope.
A million dead seabirds paint the beaches with their starving bodies. A handful of pseudo kings pull the strings that dance the political puppets. 10,000 TV shows distract the populace while commercials invent desire for useless objects, broken before they are bought. The police are murderers. The army works for the corporations. The people are divided. The entire ocean is changing it’s chemistry, the very web of life is unravelling before our eyes and by our hands.
Has it occurred to people that our civilization is not civilized?
What if there was another way of living together? And it was just around the corner, waiting for us to invent and accept it?
I’m certain I saw this episode on TV when it aired in 1978.
I was 7 years old, having just moved from New Jersey 2 years earlier, and I watched Happy Days religiously. I must have seen myself as a bit of a cross between the Fonz, and Richie Cunningham; with my New Jersey Italian background and my California liberal boy-scout upbringing… I guess I still do.
But when Mork (Robin Williams) appeared on the screen in this episode, things changed…