1. Eric w Mast "Progeny"


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    This video was made for inclusion in Sara Mast's Sounding exhibition. "Soundings is a collaborative, multimedia project that explores the construction of shared identity within four generations of my own family, through the lens of my father's legacy. Gifford Morrison Mast (1914-1972) was an early pioneer of American industrial design, an inventor, a physicist, and an optics expert with a particular interest in stereo optics. By launching this experimental show in the living laboratory of a creative family, I am investigating the subtle forces that shape who we become by the stories that we tell and the memories that we keep. The show contains contributions from all four generations including my father and mother. Each third and fourth generation collaborator in this show has taken soundings through various means to discover who their grandfather and great grandfather was, never having met him. In my case, my paintings use my father's US patent images to take soundings in the form of a visual dialogue I am now able to have with him as an adult, through my own creative work. I am using the drawings of his inventions and his own handwriting as a probe of the imaginal (as opposed to imaginary) realm that still connects us." By uniting art and technology in an interdisciplinary collaboration with members of my biological family, I am attempting to 'measure the immeasurable,' which was a passion for my father. In a paper he wrote at the University of Chicago (circa 1932) titled 'The Meaning of Beauty,' he stated: “With the tools furnished by these scientific emotion measurers [electrocardiographs, lie detectors, brain wave recorders, etc.], it would seem likely that we might be able experimentally to outline the physiological aspects of aesthetic response.” - Sara Mast Though I never met him in person, I've always been influenced by by my grandfather Gifford Morrison Mast's ability to take his passion and interest in scientific ideas and exploring them and gaining more understanding until that became part of his personal repertoire. He was then able to bring this experience into a real world application and effecting the world around him in positive ways, which I've always found empowering and inspiring. In this video I experimented with stereo optic design within my own current practice, attempting to see everyday things as if they were completely new or alien.

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