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New Media Art


SYSTEMS/ MEDIA/ METAPHOR

As a new media artist I attempt to combine socio-ecological systems thinking with cinematic storytelling.  I am interested in finding new ways to tell stories, and in clarifying important ideas against a backdrop of digital noise. In this context web interfaces can act as more then just delivery mechanisms and instead start to play an active role in the making of meaning and the deepening of understanding. In my work, layered visual metaphors along with systems theory are used to generate non-linear emergent multimedia stories based on principles such as organized variability, adaptability and scalability. This allows for a type of seeing based on interdependent social-ecological systems instead of linear or isolated parts.

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New Media Art


SYSTEMS/ MEDIA/ METAPHOR

As a new media artist I attempt to combine socio-ecological systems thinking with cinematic storytelling.  I am interested in finding new ways to tell stories, and in clarifying important ideas against a backdrop of digital noise. In this context web interfaces can act as more then just delivery mechanisms and instead start to play an active role in the making of meaning and the deepening of understanding. In my work, layered visual metaphors along with systems theory are used to generate non-linear emergent multimedia stories based on principles such as organized variability, adaptability and scalability. This allows for a type of seeing based on interdependent social-ecological systems instead of linear or isolated parts.

RESILIENCE- an interactive documentary

Weaving loom interface

Resilience is a new media documentary that weaves together community ecological restoration stories. This project began in two remote watersheds in the Peruvian Andes and is an ongoing effort. The Resilience interface acts as a loom that creates a fabric out of a collection of short film verses of 2 minutes or less. This film verses are organized along different conceptual threads which can be woven together to create variable story patterns in a unique 6 minute micro-documentary.  Each conceptual thread is also tied to a photographic haiku exploring the concept through interwoven photos and quotes from activists in the region.

The films and haiku come together to create a patterned story fabric that invites contemplation of the complex relationships involved in ecological resilience. Below are a few examples of the film poems embedded in the weaving loom interface.

A dynamic map of the two watershed restoration sites and the people that are involved

A dynamic map of the two watershed restoration sites and the people that are involved

2 minute intro film poem


INTERFACE AS METAPHOR

The Resilience interface is based off the metaphor of a weaving loom, allowing the piece to visually embody complete interconnectivity. 

EXPANDED DOCUMENTARY

The interactive documentary expands into a immersive story-telling system within the art exhibit context.

INTERACTION

The story is enhanced through the interface which highlights and weaves together key aspects of restoration ecology.



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FILM


FILM


Telling stories that highlight human agency amidst extremely challenging ecological and social circumstances can create a new vision of the possible. The people in my films inspire me, they are working to restore watersheds, save seeds, and dismantle deeply corrupt governments. By telling their stories of perseverance we can challenge and engage our own creativity and agency.

 

Three screen projection of video called Visionary Voices

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PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN


PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN


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Ecology


As a hybrid artist-scientist my ethical center is rooted in a profound respect and concern for ecological systems and the life web. This is what guides all of my work including my film and art practice. My background as a trained ecologist informs my art practice and my art practice informs my scientific work.  I continually find that these two disciplines can fuse in surprising and powerful ways.

Ecology


As a hybrid artist-scientist my ethical center is rooted in a profound respect and concern for ecological systems and the life web. This is what guides all of my work including my film and art practice. My background as a trained ecologist informs my art practice and my art practice informs my scientific work.  I continually find that these two disciplines can fuse in surprising and powerful ways.