Species Encounter: Dive in!

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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 … Continue reading

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Species Encounter: a short video by Francis Estrand-Cartier

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 video
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Article about SubZERo festival 2104 in Metroactive here.
Page in Women Environmental Artists Directory here.

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Species Encounter: Dive in! A Special Collaboration with Drew Detweiler for SubZERO festival

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SubZERO festival San Jose, CA – South First Street – June 6 and 7 – from 6 pm to midnight I am very excited to collaborate with video artist Drew Detweiler for this year’s version of Species Encounter at SubZERO. … Continue reading

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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.
MAH
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
20’x10’x5
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
20’x10’x5
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

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“Species Encounter” at the 6th SubZERO festival

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Photo Geoffrey Smith II - Metroactive, San Jose

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Photo Geoffrey Smith II - Metroactive, San Jose

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Francis and Kyle helping for the installation

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Installation of the screen

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The screen is made of muslin, 8'x20', 150 grommets

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The sketch of the installation, the base for renting the material (structure + lights)

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Material rented from Musson Theatrical (Structure and lights)

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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.”
subzerofestival.com

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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.

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