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.
Here’s my latest: A timelapse video I just edited of The Infinitarium we are building at Big Art Studios in West Oakland. I’m one of six artists leads building 18 giant over-sized plants out of scrap metal. I’m in charge of building five giant willow trees – each tree will have over 1,200 feet of salvaged steel cable! We have a small army of incredible volunteers showing up everyday to learn welding and build BIG ART!
Directing artists Karen Cusolito and Dan Das Mann designed and envisioned the Infinitarium, a massive interactive sculpture garden that will span an acre and will include state-of-the-art lighting controls and user-controlled pyrotechnic flame effects. It will be a larger-than-life magical botanical garden and will travel to many events and festivals, premiering at the Electric Daisy Carnival, Sand By The Ton, Outside Lands Festival, Burning Man, the PDX Bridge Festival and many more. http://theinfinitarium.com
I’m using a hacked Canon S1is digital still camera and a kit-made 7.4v power supply (kit from Adafruit Industries) connected to a 12v deep cycle marine battery and combining photos and video from my iPhone as well as a mini DV video camera.
Special thanks to Phil “pEEf” Sadow for assistance with setting up the Canon hack and for the 2nd camera.
The winter storms. Warehouses open their doors and close them again. The treehouse must move. Out of Treasure Island and into the badlands of East Oakland… NIMBY takes us in for a while as we make a list of that which needs fixing; Wiring, windows, holes in walls, a new roof.
In June the Treehouse moves to Delaware to be installed a brewery,.. we’ve got our work cut out for us!
Last week I helped Michael Christian pick up the “Egg” from the Reliance powder coating in San Leandro:
Unfortunately they couldn’t fit the sculpture into the powder coating oven and had to paint it by hand. This was less than ideal for a number of reasons – mostly, Michael said, because he could have bondo-ed the weld seams faster than the grinding of the seams necessary for powdercoating, and as a result obtained a smoother finish. ANother important lesson learned is that there is now a metal-to-metal bondo that contains aluminum – which means you can use it in the powder-coating process!
We then took the egg over to the new NIMBY space in Oakland, which is HUGE! It will be exciting to see NIMBY 2.0 evolve….
Oliver is working on a book titled “Steampunk: The Retro-Futurist Dream” to be published by RE:Search Publications. Sean and I were both interviewed for that book so I’ll make an announcment about its release at a future date….