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.

Panel Discussion: Sip. Do Not Gulp. / Lush Lawns and Delicious Dinner: How California’s Habits are about to change.

Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA.

At a moment when California’s water situation is of heightened concern, and the interconnectedness of food and water is at the center of the discussion, four experts come together to share their thoughts on the State’s condition. Jackie Davison, Outreach Coordinator in the Environmental Services Department at the Water Pollution Control Plant in Sunnyvale; Masie Ganzler, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Bon Appetit Management Company; Ed Maurer, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University; and Joe Morris, Morris Grassfed Beef discuss the impact California’s water shortage has on a personal and local level, and offer their perspectives on what the State’s future might hold. Programmed in conjunction with Sip. Do Not Gulp., on view through March 16, this program speaks to artist Michele Guieu’s commitment to engaging the community through her work.

The de Saisset Museum
500 El Camino Real,
Santa Clara, CA 95050

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.