post empathic organs

March 1st, 2008

Filed under: CHAMELEON PROJECT,interesting art,interesting people — Tina @ 6:54 am

met with Kelly Dobson. We had met in ISEA a few years ago. I have always enjoyed her work. She is working on a series of appendages that sit with your body and entrain you to slow your breath for example – slow your heart rate. Really beautiful stuff. We talked about the synchronicities of the body that happen. Her work is beautifully documented.

“Machines influence self-conception, expression, social perception, and perception of responsibility or action. By accessing and vitalizing the interplay of people and machines through custom interaction design and psychotherapeutic techniques, a social awareness is brought out and individuals are invited to reinvent their own existence.

Wearable Body Organs is a series of very visible, spectacular or carnival even, play-use objects-devices-equipments that both offer context sensitive functionality for their wearer and simultaneously announce their own need for existence by being used in public without being hidden and small as is the trend with consumer gadgets and self-helping devices, hearing aids, PDAs,artificial organs, and colostomy bags. ScreamBody, CryBody, SleepBody, EatBody, HoldBody, FightBody, HideBody, HouseBody… Rather than being hidden and made to go unnoticed, these “products” are designed to be noticed, as this is key in their functionality — they are social-critical activists.

The wearable apparatuses function as transitional objects – they allow bridges between the person’s internal experience and the outside world insituations in which the person would otherwise not be able to make that possible. Each apparatus simultaneously acts to call attention to the social repression addressed by the very need for the existence of the device. Participants access sensorial energy that has been implicitly or explicitly put to sleep by enculturation.”

post Its a blizzard out there

February 23rd, 2008

Filed under: CHAMELEON PROJECT,interesting art,interesting people — Tina @ 2:17 am

Its morning, and the snow has hit us. Looking out the window to whiteness and the skyline of Manhattan has disappeared.

central park

snow turning into slush

Its been a busy few days. Yesterday we spent hours at the Moma. We then moved on to a lot of art openings in Chelsea. Caught up with Lorie Novak for dinner – a photographer, chair of NYU photography. She has an amazing place in dumbo with the most incredible view. We did a residency years ago at Sway, a little country town in the UK – ArtSway. They have a great international residency at Artsway –

The days have been filled with meeting people and the nights are filled with lots of openings. I have come down with a a very embodied flu, and hopefully it doesn’t spread across the family. Tonight we are catching up with Virgil Wong, a great artist working in genetics/internet/medicine/science. Virgil involved me in is exhibitions over the years.

post UCLH Hospital

February 15th, 2008

Met with Guy Noble, the curator at UCLH hospital. We have been in touch over the last few years – Met a couple of years ago at of a series of workshops entitled Touch and the value of object handling – New technologies for enhancing object interpretation: interactives, haptics and interface technologies organised by Helen Chatterjee and Guy. last year he shortlisted me for a commission – in the foyer of the hospital there is a large video screen that they show work on. I mentioned the Chameleon Project – the first stage. Would suit the space, and the health/art area is interesting for the project. He agreed – booked in for May. Great to have something to work towards.

Discussed Haptics. He suggested I talk to Alan Wing / research team member, Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham – am interesting in creating a small touch based interactive peice to work out if we should make touch part of the final work. I think I met get Evan to start working on something, but also they may be a few people to work with at Banff.

Went to the Wellcome Trust gallery – It combines three contemporary galleries, a library and a public forum for science ideas. – Sleep exhibition on. Wellcome have funded Chameleon. Nice space. Great exhibition. Need to make an appointment with James Peto – the curator their about potentailly exhibiting the work.


‘I Can’t help the way I feel’ by John Isaacs, 2003 – an obese figure – more of an emotional portrait.


ancient mummy – wellcome collection, reminds me of Munch’s the scream.

Headed on to the Royal Academy to see the new Russion show. Heaps of Mattises, Kandinsky’s, – the exhibtion was packed – too busy to see the work – but was amazing to see the Mattises – The Dance. interesting – expressionism link to psychophysiological interactivity – both looked to the internal to create the work. Would like to research more about this,

We then headed over to Sketch, was closed for a function. Have been talking to the curator there, Victoria, about showing the project. Shes interested but so far have only tlaked over email. Fantastic space. Headed over to Iniva to see the cuban exhibition – great space and exhibition. Saw some really lovely work.

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