Species Encounter: Dive In! at GLOW a festival of Light, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

GLOW festival – Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Friday, October 17, 2014
From 7:00 to 10pm
705 Front Street | Santa Cruz | CA 95060
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Species Encounter: Dive In! is an interactive multimedia installation, which comprises a large shadow theater, a series of animal shapes and a video projection. The public is invited to move the shapes as the video is projected from behind the screen.

“Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in our oceans. Around the world, plastic pollution has become a growing plague, clogging our waterways, and damaging marine ecosystems. 44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies. Most of what we eat, drink, or use in any way comes packaged in petroleum plastic- a material designed to last forever, yet used for products that we then throw away.
Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.”

The installation is an allegory for the plastic we consume ending up invading the seas and oceans, being absorbed and eaten by many different marine species and threatening them. In the installation, the animals shapes of fish (like lanternfish and opah), sea turtles (like leatherback sea turtle and hawksbill turtle) and marine mammals (like harbor seals, sperm whales, dolphins), are made of recyclable cardboard. The center of each shape is filled with recycled plastic packaging.

The installation was originally created by Michele Guieu and became a collaborative work with Drew Detweiler bringing the interactive video component to the project. The projection is generated from drawings and video footage combined together to create an ever changing underwater-scape.

Species Encounter: Dive in! at subZERO

SubZERO festival
San Jose, CA – South First Street – June 6 and 7 – from 6 pm to midnight
Interactive installation in collaboration with videographer Drew Detweiler.

I am interested in having people interact with the pieces I create and add their own elements in my installations. The energy between people is a key part of this installation. When people interact they create a unique scenario and bring the piece to life. Participative art is a much needed community anchor in the uncertain times we live in, as global environmental problems will eventually force us to unite and find solutions collectively. Water is my subject of choice, “Species Encounter: Dive in!” is about seas and oceans life and I hope the poetry of  the installation help people think more about those vital eco-systems.

Visitors are invited to play on a screen with shapes created for the project. Visitors can enjoy the installation from inside (making the shapes move) and/or from outside (watching).

This year for subZERO festival I teamed up with Drew Detweiler, interactive videographer, to take you into a moving ocean of light. Drew created a video projection generated from a series of drawings about water,”Water Dreams”, that I have made in the past months and which is on display at Kaleid Gallery in San Jose. The video is projected on the giant shadow theatre.

What will you encounter? You are invited to create your own species/object/hybrid or to use one designed for the project. Watch, interact, participate and play!

This installation is temporary and the material used is reusable. The shapes are made of cardboard and recycled plastic bottles. They can be re-used for another performance or new ones can be made and then recycled.

Species Encounter was first shown at subZERO festival in June 2013, then the installation  was part of the GLOW festival at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz last Fall, was shown during the Innovation Summit at the Convention Center and at the Tech museum for a private event in San Jose in 2014.

Species Encounter: a short video

This video presents Species Encounter, the interactive installation I created for SubZERO festival in San Jose in 2013. Species Encounter has subsequently been presented at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz during the GLOW festival, the Innovation Summit at the Convention Center in San Jose and the Tech Museum in San Jose for a private event.

In this video Francis captures beautifully the spirit of the installation and the enthusiastic participation of the public. Thanks to Cherri Lakey and Brian Eder for giving me the opportunity to show this large interactive installation for the first time at SubZERO in June 2013. In a few weeks, June 6 and 7, I am excited to participate in SubZERO festival again, and I am thrilled to collaborate with Drew Detweiler, who will work his video-magic in Species Encounter.

Francis Estrand-Cartier
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Article about SubZERo festival 2104 in Metroactive here.
Page in Women Environmental Artists Directory here.

GLOW: A Festival of Light at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

GLOW: A Festival of Light
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
October 19, 2013 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
$10 General, $5 MAH Member Purchase your tickets here.
705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, United States
Phone: (831) 429-1964(831) 429-1964

I am very excited to present “Species Encounter” during the Glow Festival at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. It will be two exciting nights, one for Fire, one for light! There are awesome artitst participating and it looks like it will be pretty magical. “Species Encounter” is the giant shadow puppet theater / interactive installation that I presented first at the SubZERO festival in San Jose last June.

Species Encounter -Temporary installation
metallic structure, white veil, cardboard shapes and multibeam LEDs.
View from inside the installation or “behind the veil”
Photo by Michele Guieu

Species Encounter – Temporary installation
metallic structure, white veil, cardboard shapes and multibeam LEDs.
View from outside the installation
Photo by Geoffrey Smith Photography For Metroactive

About the installation
Species Encounter is an interactive installation in which participants are invited to pick up one of the special shapes I created for the project, and walk behind a 20×10’ screen lit by colored multi-beam LED lamps, to create interactions with other people and their creatures. Participants are also invited to create their own shapes with the material provided. They can enjoy the installation from inside (making the shapes move) and from outside (watching).
Link to the video taken duing SubZERO festival 2013 (01:43) https://vimeo.com/69039972

GLOW 2013 Advance Tickets Now Available

“Species Encounter” at the 6th SubZERO festival

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“Species Encounter” took place during the 6th SubZERO festival, June 7, 2013, in San Jose, California. “Species Encounter” is a playful interactive installation which consists of a veiled corridor lit by colored, multi-beam LED lamps. Participants are invited to use species made of cardboard that I have created for the project (animal or plant or hybrid). The participants enter the corridor and walk behind the veil to create interactions with other people and their creatures. The installation works because of the collective physical dynamic of the people, supported by colored LED beam lights.

I rented the material (metallic structure and lights) at Musson Theatrical in Santa Clara. I ordered the muslin for the screen online, sewn it and added all the grommets. I prepared all the shapes with cardboard that I bought at a packing store (4’x8′ each sheet). I painted one side of the sheets in black. Then, depending if the shape I mas cutting was small or large, I added either a long bamboo stick (made of two bamboo stick for kebabs) or handles made with duct tape.

About SubZERO festival
“Focused on emerging and present subcultures thriving in our region, SubZERO is a diy, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup where street meets geek.”

Species Encounter: A Participative & Collaborative Poetic Adventure

6th Annual SubZERO Festival 2013, June 7, 2013
South FIRST FRIDAYS presents the 6th Annual SubZERO Festival

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My installation “Species Encounter: A Participative & Collaborative Poetic Adventure”, a lit veiled corridor, will be displayed on South First Street, between San Salvador Street and Williams Street in downtown San Jose during the SubZERO festival night in downtown San Jose, June 7.

Create your own species or use one that I designed for the project.
Pick-up some accessories if you’d like. Enter the 20-foot corridor and walk behind the veil to interact with other people and their creatures.

The festival starts at 6:00 pm, it will be still very sunny! So you are welcome to visit the installation before night and draw and cut your own animal or plant or hybrid.

Come back at night to play! You can also directly tape your creature on the veil, for everyone outside the corridor to enjoy all night.

FRIDAY JUNE 7, 2013 from 6pm-midnight
SoFA district in downtown San Jose
(on South First Street between San Carlos & Reed Streets)

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Here is the piece I presented at the SubZERo festival last year, in collaboration with poet Tiffany Higgins.

Interview for “The Wrap It Up Youth Video Project” by Corinne Takara

I am one of the artists who participated in the Japantown Mural Project in San Jose. The Wrap it Up Youth Video project led by artist Corinne Takara interviewed the artists about their piece in the Japantown Mural Project. The middle school students, with teacher D.J. Ashford at Burnett Middle School, did an amazing job. The Japantown mural Project was created by Tamiko Rast (Rasteroids Design) and the City of San Jose Public art program.

Here are all the interviews of the artists who participated in the Japantown Mural Project in San Jose.

Below is my interview.