This project aims to replicate the feeling of passage into another experience of temporality and life, of death and simulation. In Chinese mythology, cicadas represent immortality and in nature, a cicada can feel like a puncture in physical space, cycling mathematically and biologically through measures of time. In Greek mythology, the hallowed grove is a place of purity, a path and a crossroads, and Delphi is the famed oracle of the ancient world. The burned trees, sourced from the recent fires, are meant to replicate a sense of place and things that have existed and exhausted. They also represent the embers of the ghost ship fire that my close friend Alex Ghassan passed away in, and this piece is an ode to his eternal matrix.
Materials: Kinect, Processing, MadMapper, projectors, laptop, relay board, solenoids, trees, rope, speakers
Artist, Software/Electrical Engineer: Jody Stillwater
Chief Software/Electrical Engineer: Aaron Soloway
Ambient soundscape (musical): Tiare Ribeaux with assistance from Gabriel Dunne
Special thanks to Chelley Sherman, Niki Selken, Seabrook Gubbins & Gray Area
This was recorded at Gray Area in San Francisco, CA on the 5th & 6th of December 2018