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.

Species Encounter at Art of Innovation within the Global Innovation Summit

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 6–10pm, San Jose Convention Center, downtown San Jose, CA.

Species Encounter is an interactive installation in which the participation of the public is essential. Visitors are invited to walk behind a large screen lit by colored LED lamps and play on the screen with the shapes I created for the project. Visitors can enjoy the installation from inside (making the shapes move) and/or from outside (watching).
Species Encounter was part of the GLOW festival at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz last Fall and part of SubZERO festival in June 2013.

Anno Domini Gallery presents an eclectic evening of San Jose’s arts and culture at the Global Innovation Summit + Week.

40+ artists, performers, musicians plus hundreds of conference attendees from 50 countries around the globe!

Participating Artists / Performers
Frank Aguilar / sculpture, Brandon Anderton / painting, Arcade by SJSU Game Dev, Art Alive Gallery by Trina Merry / installation, Becca’s Studio / crafts, Ytai, Ben-Tsvi / IOIO Plotter, Bingus Pingus Art / crafts, David Canavese Art / sculpture, Classic Loot / vintage jewelry, Jean Davis / paintings, Drew and Barb / fashion & jewelry, Force 129 / paintings, Michele Guieu / Species Encounter, Andre Hart / paintings, Jeff Hemming / paintings, Al Linke / LED Pixel Art, Jason McHenry / drawings, Mejia Arts / drawings & henna, Mariya Milovidova / drawings & fashion, Minou / paintings, LauruS Myth / paintings, Noise Furniture / urban upcycling, Gianfranco Paolozzi / mixed media, Poet Laureate David Perez / The Poetry Site, Steven Reece / pyropaintings, Seeing Things Gallery / paintings & zines, Slave Labor Graphics / indie comics, Geoffrey Smith II / GIS photo booth, South Bay Circus Arts, TechShop San Jose, Tim Thompson / Space Palette, Visual Confections / jewelry.

Live Music
SCLOrk /Santa Clara University Laptop Orchestra, Freya Seeburger / cello, ShovelMan / junkyard beatnic, Haptic Synapses / improv electronic.

The Global Innovation Summit is a major gathering of leading entrepreneurs, executives, scientists, inventors, venture capitalists, journalists, investors, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and innovation thought leaders from 50 countries. The Global Innovation Summit is the anchor event for Global Innovation Week. The Art of Innovation event will be the closing party for all conference attendees, and open to the public. Free admission.

Hosted and sponsored by the City of San Jose, Global Innovation Summit and Anno Domini.

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

GLOW 2013 Advance Tickets Now Available

Art as Activism – The WEAD board members exhibition at the Berkeley City College

“Art as Activism” The WEAD board artists
October 5 – November 14, 2013
Opening Reception:  October 10, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Panel discussion: October 10, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Berkeley City College – Jerry Adams Gallery
Room 112 first floor
2050 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Jerry Adams gallery hours:  9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Artists: Krystle Ahmadyar, Mary B. White, Christina Bertea, Lauren Elder, Vickie Jo Sowell, Katherine Keefer, Suzanne Girot, Michele Guieu, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Carol Newborg, Danielle Siembieda, Andree Singer Thompson, Sharon Siskin, Lorna Stevens, Minoosh Zomorodinia.

I am presenting the documentation of “Species Encounter”, temporary installation I have first shown at SubZERO festival last June in San Jose.
Here’s my statement about the piece:


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
SubZERO festival, San Jose, CA, June 2013


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
SubZERO festival, San Jose, CA, June 2013

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

Community
I am interested in having people interact with the pieces I create and add their own elements of the installation, like the black shapes for “Species Encounter”. 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.

Sustainability
The structure of the installation is made with theatrical rented material. This installation is temporary and most of the material used is reusable. The shapes, made of cardboard, are recyclable. They can be re-used for another performance or new ones can be made and then recycled. The MultiBeam LED 54W used to light the installation use only 60W of energy each.

 

“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.”
subzerofestival.com

Carpe Diem – My pieces for “Vanitas”

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As I was preparing my piece for the SubZERO festival, I was also working on my piece for the group show “Vanitas” at Kaleid Gallery in San Jose. Vanitas opens the same night as SubZERO happens, I thought it was interesting to relate both events. Revisiting the theme of the classic vanitas was an interesting idea. I decided to work with objects and light, with the same technique I am using for SubZERO: a shadow display. I enjoyed working with the distances between the veil and the light and the different objects/ My Vanitas is “Carpe Diem” – Enjoy the day – and a reference to the fact that the insects will be OK – if Homo Sapiens happens to disappear (the opposite is of course not true, we would disappear in two generations if the insects happen to be wiped out of the surface of the planet).
The series on the wall comes from the research I’ve made while working for the lit corridor for SubZERO.
The result is a series of 6 small archival prints. Each image is a limited edition of 5.

Vanitas – Group show
Exhibition dates: June 7–July 20, 2013

Kaleid Gallery
Artists’ Reception:
Friday, June 7, 2013  7-11pm
part of the South First Fridays Art Walk in downtown San Jose
SubZERO is the same night in Downtown San Jose