Installations

Curator: Kathy Rae Huffman

Artists: Marcelina Wellmer, Matea Friend, Branda MillerRushali Paratey, Yoon Chung Han, Jocelyn Ho, Elizabeth Leister, Angaea Cuna, Sarah Rosalena, Su Hyun Nam, Haein Kang, Kit Kirby, Leah Stevens and Anahita Hekmat.

Project name: Soil, Green, Home – Papa              (PDF)

Artist: Angaea Cuna

Location: Elings Hall Main Lobby

Abstract: When you wear someone’s clothing, you smell their scent, but you don’t smell their memories. What if you can learn a thing or two of someone’s culture and their life through an olfactory experience? Like taste, a sense of smell is an important human instinct that helps you identity the world around you and familiarize with sentimental objects and loved ones. Memories are materialized as photographs or souvenirs, but instead I want to use scent as another form of a memory and a means to share my culture. By distilling organic materials from the Philippines and America into essential oils, I’m creating memories from scents that reveal my experiences as a Filipino immigrant.

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Project name: Tempus Fugit           (PDF)

Artist: Matea Friend

Location: University Center – Santa Barbara Mission Room

Abstract: Tempus Fugit is an audio-visual installation dealing with the collective, dissociative relationship we have with time. It is an exploration of the intangible world of time-space we live in; one we cannot touch or see yet defines every aspect of our existence as human beings. This piece does not attempt to encompass all time, but instead, focuses on time that is lost in longing, transformation, and dissociation. I use the entanglement of time as a material through visual layering of various stages of our ephemeral lives.

The work explores three various stages of a person’s life adolescence, adulthood, and late adulthood using video to collapse these different stages into a singular moment. The video is then projected onto a structure made with transparent fabric. This fabric intentionally allows the light of the projection to travel beyond the structure in order to create the visual phenomenon of time having multiple dimensions, or multiple lives. The passage of light beyond the materiality of the fabric introduces a non-material realm of reality in which light and time exist.

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Project name: Rockhaven Creepers Trilogy        (PDF)

Artist(s): Elizabeth Leister; Dancers: Tiara Jackson,  Kelsey Long,  Samantha Mohr;  Music: Found, Dealer & Denser by Nctrnm; Petal by Respawn

Location: UCSB Library 2322, Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory

Abstract: Inspired by “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1932, “Rockhaven Creepers Trilogy” utilizes cinematic virtual reality to bring the viewer into the space of the abandoned Rockhaven Sanitarium in Glendale, California. The trilogy presents three rooms, each inhabited by a dancer, a character, who through movement, embodies the various “nervous disorders” associated with female health in the 1930’s and even through present day. The project uses the technology of virtual reality (VR) to physically and emotionally connect the audience to an embodied space and female stories.

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Project name: Sound Switch         (PDF)

Artist: Leah Stevens

Location: UCSB Library 2322, Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory

Abstract: How does sound impact and influence the way we absorb various surrounding environments? How does our expectation of what we will hear in a specific environment encourage our interpretation of what we are seeing? How does sound serve as a key factor to the human-nature relationship? Sound Switch attempts to tackle these questions by mismatching familiar environments and familiar sounds around the Cleveland area, allowing the viewer to experience these scenes from a new perspective. Additionally, Sound Switch moves through varying degrees of urban and natural environments at different times of the day, destabilizing and disorienting what is expected of the human-nature relationship. 

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Project name: Silent Words      (PDF)

Artist: Rushali Paratey

Location: Elings Hall Main Lobby

Abstract: India is a country with a large spectrum of economical, cultural and social diversity, it has always been a challenge to find the middle ground or choose what topics take precedence. Questions like should the country address child trafficking or hostile work environments first tend to be often raised. There are debates about whether India needs to address barbarism or patriarchy. In a country where people are not aware of their rights or the fact that they have been abused in a way which is criminal, it is evident that the reports and data collected in this context are misaligned. India has dealt with this topic early on when in 1992, Bhanwari Devi – a social worker was gang-raped for preventing a child marriage. This incident led to developing the Vishakha guidelines which deal with addressing sexual harassment at workplace.

Silent Words is a public art installation meant to spread awareness about the extent of abuse, harassment and violence of sexual nature happening in a community. It aims to encourage denizens to share their experiences and stories to break a silence created by social structures around this topic. It is an open source art project which allows communities to download the files and setup the installation in their communities. Silent words was designed with a focus on the urban Indian society. As an installation ‘Silent Words’ intends to bring digital movements and conversations about this topic to the physical space.

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Project name: Project +49 157 362 961 96    (PDF)

Artist: Marcelina Wellmer

Location: UCSB Library 2322, Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory

Abstract: +49 15736296196 project is an participative multimedia installation. It includes drawing machine (DYI plotter) with amplified sounds, SMS service and a series of written drawings. The work plays with the fragility of digital information and the interaction between mind&machine. The visual message depends from human factor intimately involved with electronic devices. The artist create initial parameters, leaving most of the work to be processed out by a human random factor.

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Project name: Wind form Nowhere    (PDF

Artist: Haein Kang

Location: Elings Hall Main Lobby

Abstract: Data-driven installation, Wind from Nowhere is inspired by Samuel Butler’s novel, Erewhon. The title, Erewhon, is the word ‘nowhere’ spelled backward and paradoxically symbolizes Utopia. In the fictional land, people destroy machines for fear that they might become conscious and threaten humankind. Unlike the novel, Wind from Nowhere adopt machine civilization positively. It utilizes the pre-collected weather data from a weather site. A set of wind speed data controls motor speed. The numbers that inform wind speed become breeze or gusty wind. The wind speed data creates wind phenomena!

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Project name: Eyes      (PDF)

Artist: Yoon Chung Han

Location: Elings Hall Main Lobby

Abstract: Eyes is an interactive biometric data art that transforms human’s Iris data into musical sound and 3D animated image. The idea is to allow the audience to explore their own identities through unique visual and sound generated by their iris patterns based on iris recognition and image processing techniques. Selected iris images are printed in 3D sculptures, and it replays the sound generated from the iris data and projects 3D converted image images. There is an interactive art installation that audience members can capture their iris data and experience 3D animated eye image with unique sound in real time. This research-based artwork has an experimental system generating distinct sounds for each different iris data using visual features such as colors, patterns, brightness and size of the iris. It has potentials to lead the new way of interpreting complicated dataset with the audiovisual output. 

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Project name: Surrogate Being      (PDF)

Artist: Su Hyun Nam

Location: UCSB Library 2322, Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory

Abstract: Surrogate Being is an interactive virtual environment that negotiates the discrepancy between memories and digital data of a nostalgic place to investigate affective possibilities in technology. Through the process of recreating the artist’s hometown in Korea in a 3D virtual space, she experienced the interplay between the objective, emotionless digital data and her affective memories of the place, and it allowed her to experience technology and computation in a meditative and affective way. The algorithmically generated digital images and memories are interwoven in the virtual space, and it invites audiences to explore and imbue it with their affective experience. In this way, this project explores an alternative way in which to include multifarious human experience and diverse perspectives in the computational process beyond the rule-based, logical approach.

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Project Name: Women’s Labor: an installation and concert of new and old “feminine”      instruments      (PDF)

Artist(s): Jocelyn Ho, Margaret Schedel and Matthew Blessing

Location: University Center – Santa Barbara Mission Room

 

Abstract: Women’s Labor, juxtaposes traditional musical instruments designated for “ladies” with new interfaces for musical expression that re-purpose older tools of women’s work. By using embedded technologies, this project questions these archaic traditions and the view that women should be confined to the domestic household. By re-purposing domestic tools as musical instruments, they become the very vehicle by which female performers, composers, and instrument builders are brought into the spotlight in concert performance, interactive installation, and workshops.

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Project name: Lady Rugs        (PDF)

Artist: Kit Kirby

Location: University Center – Santa Barbara Mission Room

Abstract: There are only two types of women – goddesses and doormats.” -Pablo Picasso

The above Picasso quote is yet another poignant example of how women are valued and positioned within culture – as objects of worship or objects to stand on. This reduction of women is especially strong when they are pioneers in male-dominated fields. However, the metaphor presented by this Picasso quote creates an opportunity to visualize and call attention to the process through which great women are devalued and ignored. Lady Rugs draws attention to how women who were successful in male-dominated fields (the military, politics, video games and art) are gendered and diminished.  Each rug is created as a portrait of a female pioneer and when viewers step onto the rugs, they are greeted with commentary from the public sphere that captures how these women are gendered and their accomplishments questioned.

The four women selected are Harriet Tubman the Civil War spy master, Hillary Clinton the politician, Roberta Williams the video game developer, and Gertrude Stein the art collector and Picasso supporter.

Alongside these pioneering women, soft circuits (electrical circuits created with conductive fabrics and threads) is a new field with the potential to empower women and craft. The rugs are created, stitched and painted by hand and fitted with pressure sensors made from conductive fabrics. The combination of technology and traditional female craftwork is a powerful one, especially for challenging gender expectations and technology’s role in maintaining gender divisions.

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Project name: Letter Artifact                    (PDF)

Artist: Sarah Rosalena

Location: University Center – Santa Barbara Mission Room

Abstract

Letter Artifact is an installation that questions how knowledge is acquired and tests the potential of the art object to function as an epistemological tool outside of its traditional historical context. The project examines the ultimate and literal signifier of culture: language. Generated with a neural network, artifacts were trained on 50,000 letters of world languages, some almost extinct, to examine the potential of post-human intelligence under colonization.

By reimagining and reframing written form with machine learning, the project challenges the acquired value and meaning of its form outside of its original context. Each form speculates on the possible narratives of the objects and fragments with new modes of representations that would otherwise be lost in history.

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Project name: Windows are shaking and the sky is falling               (PDF)

Artist: Anahita Hekmat

Location: Elings Hall 1605 (Thursday and Friday)

Abstract

“Windows are shaking and the sky is falling” is a sound and video installation that seeks to transmit the experience of war. With this work, Anahita Hekmat traces her childhood memories of the Iran-Iraq armed conflict (1980-1988). By combining her own experience and the visions of others of her generation affected by the war, she draws the forms of resistance of life against the violence of the world.

This work is a sound and video installation for a scenic space. Following the timeline of the war, artist composed a sound piece. The operations and war events are used as triggers for sound elements and voices singing traditional regional songs.

The sound spatialization system is made with sounds issued from the war: bombing, explosion, shooting, siren, etc. to fill the space. Thus fragments of recordings are transformed, manipulated, stretched and deformed, to create an enveloping atmosphere.

The spatialize sound is accompanied by singers. Songs are originated from regions affected by war. Singers’ recorded voices are broadcast through speakers. Singers are performing a specific technique of traditional Persian singing. “Tahrir” is an ornamental fast melisma singing technique without text, inspired by the songs of the regions on the border with Iraq. These songs accompany and gradually cover the ambiance sounds.

Images shoot in the region of Ghasr-e-Shirin, an ancient city in the border with Iraq where the war was started, are accompanying these sounds.

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Project name: Echoes from Lock One 

30 mins.  2019 

Artist: Branda Miller

Location: UCSB Library 2322, Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory

Echoes From Lock One” explores the legacy of the Erie Canal through Troy teens’s research and stories.

Uniquely situated at the Canal’s confluence with the Northern tip of the Hudson River Estuary, this project—based at our headquarters in The Sanctuary for Independent Media, a stone’s throw from the Troy Federal Lock— merge tales of the past with a call to action.

Once-splendid homes and towering factories bear silent witness to Troy’s influential role in the creation of great wealth during the Industrial Revolution. In our neighborhood, little of that privilege remains, with the vast majority of children growing up below the poverty line. Their inheritance: a toxic landscape along the Hudson River, devastated by industrial waste, PCBs and pollution.

During the “Uptown Summer” program at the Sanctuary, artists, professionals and educators worked with teens in media, science and STEAM workforce skills, including camera and audio production, script writing, creative storytelling, music and dance, research, media literacy, editing and graphic design, to create this call to action.

 

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