Emergence: Digital Art/New Media MFA Exhibition Digital Media Factory, Santa Cruz, CA June 2007
3 channel video; 360 degree transparent screen; motion capture camera; Gamelan Lumina interface; MAX/MSP/Jitter patch; Javanese gamelan instruments; Mac computer; redwood duff; cushions stuffed with newspapers and various plastic waste; human interaction.
METAPHOR: Our physical actions affect the earth’s environment.
The projected visual materials consist of two layers:
Top Layer: Natural Landscapes--Digital Photos taken by Parker in Northern California.
Hidden Layer: e‐Waste Recycling in the Third World--Images include the composer's photographs from Bantul, Java and images from Greenpeace.org .
Striking the gong advances the images on one or both layers of visual material. Striking the saron keys shifts individual pixels of the images in both layers in different directions--distorting the overall image in complex ways.
Motion-‐capture video of visitors inside the installation further displaces the top layer of visual materials--images of landscapes--to reveal piles of e-waste underneath--creating a metaphor addressing the harsh realities of e-waste disposal and thus inferring humankind's responsibility toward greater consciousness in the development and disposal of our technological tools.