Pictures of the Main River in Frankfurt, the Mekong River in Thailand, and Al "The Fish Whistler" Pfiffer.
Guards of the NY MOMA
A photographic site-specific exploration of one of the institutional trademarks of the MoMA, New York, carried out on the first month of the re-opening of the museum in 2005.
Since the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans have been integrated into the operations of America's most prominent Art museums in the role of Museum Guard. The job was seen as a legitimate and respected position in the marginalized black society.
This project asks the question, is there today a community or group of communities that art institutions reach out to for filling this essential role? And what are the new social relationships rising from this institutional practice? Many of the subjects photographed were first generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Haiti and other Caribbean nations.
Mask of the Opisthokonta
Thesis presentation at the MIT Media Lab
What if we could speak to a fungus and it could speak back to us?
in this proof of concept prototype, the participant is invited to wear a specially designed mask that uses voice sensors and air extractors to inject CO2 and Microbia into a clear dome that houses a live reishi mushroom mycellieum.
During the two week period when the reishi's fruits begin to bloom and expand, the movement and shape of the reishi fruits will be a factor of how much clean oxygen is available for respiration. the participant is thus able to change the shape of the Reishi fruits (causing them to rise upward) by displacing clean oxygen with co2, the main bi-product of speaking through the mask. in other words, because c02 is heavier than oxygen it will linger at a lower height inside the dome. the reishi's fruit will respond to this stimulus by continually reaching up the more it is spoken to.
the circular dips and rings in the surface surrounding the mushrooms are filled with Agar gel. They are designed to catch the various types of microbes that are also expelled while speaking. Over time, these surfaces along with the Reishi mycellium itself will become visibly inhabited by fungi and bacteria, demonstrating to the naked eye how humans intervene in the often invisible dispute for territory in the microbial world.
This series of images are the result of several manipulations to make famous historical photographs appear less recognizable by stripping them of their central subjects.
Many important and influential artists have lost their lives to diseases related to the toxicity inherent in their production methods: Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Eva Hesse, Nikki de Saint Phalle, Donald Judd and Gordon Matta-Clark.
A great part of the 20th Century was colored by the idea of progress for progress’ sake, growth for growth’s sake. The word tumor in English is also referred to as a growth. Too many times, at the expense of their own health and of those around them modern artists, architects and designers experimented with toxic materials. Pigments, cadmiums, varnishes, photo chemicals, fixatives, plastic polymers and resins; what promoted this negative symbiosis between toxicity and artistic form?
My goal is to bring attention to the fact that there is a diversity of artists whose legacy could inform us how to better understand the road to a future without toxic health risks for arts workers. Art Makes You Sick will begin this mapping by carrying out the first survey and assessment interviews of artist health concerns.