I work with tactile objects that then become interactive elements
FAR AWAY, INSTALLATION
Two-month solo show The Wild Project. Nov 2015- February 2016 “Far Away” is a multi-platform ( documentary shorts, fine art, interactive installations) project on poetry and politics in Nicaragua. Participants include previous Vice President (and 2017 César Award winner) Sergio Ramirez. When approached, a large projection of a volcano begins to disintegrate. Simultaneously, illustrations of the poem The Drowned Horse appear on the opposite side of the room. “Far Away, installation” demonstrates the US’s propensity towards disruption, represented by a volcano in which is affected by our very presence. The volcano’s “lava” is the imagery of the poem spilling into the room. The poem is The Drowned Horse by Pablo Antonio Cuadra warned of the US invasion of Nicaragua. The imagery is also in physical form (drawings on paper) on the third wall of the space.
BACKGROUND I am of Nicaraguan descent and began filming in Nicaragua during visits in Nov. 2013 and November 2015.
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LAND LINES
April 2017 Projections: Line drawings responding to environmental audio
EV GALLERY 621 East 11th St New York, NY 10009. July 16th 2021-August 13th 2021
In May I visited Casa Marianella a shelter for refugees in Austin Texas, where I interviewed several of the residents. Here is where I met Dawit Kahsay, a refugee from Eritrea, who was the inspiration for this piece.
Paintings, motion-activated interactive projections, and scrolling a projection (all night 7pm until 7am) of a word-for-word conversation I had with Dawit Kahsay as he described his travels from Eritrea Africa to Texas
Studio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden
THE PROBLEM OF MEMORY Solo show at Harvestworks. April 2015
A show on memories as objects. When participants talk into one of the provided microphones, the visuals are impacted — and this impact is recorded and looped in the next visual rotation— creating a permanent mark. Participants can listen using earphones to the various tracks created
Residency at Governors Island. Autumn 2017
Five wall size paintings of refugee land with audio activated projected arabic text on the floor and through the windows. The Arabic is a poem on traveling across the Mediterranean sea, written by an anonymous Syrian refugee. The final show included a live performance with vocal artist Ami Yamasaki
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––Projections at the Pier 59 Gala, October 2016
I’M NOT TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO, BUT YOU HAVE TO DO IT, part two
5-month installation at Silent Barn, August 2015-January 2016
Braille lights are projected when you walk up the stairs. The staircase is lined with canvasses of sewed braille that say” I am not telling you what to do but you have to do” which is a line from a narration by someone I met in Nicaragua. As you walk up the stairs, you activate the entire narrative, which discusses the role of American imperialism as creator of Central American poverty.
” I am not telling you what to do but you have to do”. Hand sewn canvass of this narration.
––––––––––––––––––––––––Two shows with Hitomi Honda
1. January 2018 Interactive visuals with pianist Hitomi Honda at the New York University PhD Waverly Labs for Music and Computing for AV showcase. Un-rehearsed improvisation with only the theme of allowing for mistakes (as in the title) and the non-stop mistakes of humanity. To explore the theme of ethnography, I show hand made drawings and Arabic refugee poetry, as well as a video of a starling murmuration.
2. Cornelias Street CafeAudio Activated projection using APE to Hitomi Honda’s piano; “Sound Traffic” 2018 show at Cornelia Street Cafe
Photos of Events using APE
2013, Mountain video projected on trees Ulster County, NY with Share
Ear to Earth festival, 2014https://vimeo.com/46558865
original software “APE” ( co-created with programmer Thomas Martinez) LAUDS, Lea Bertucci & Megan Moncrief at the “Ab Uno Pluribus” Visuals by Ursula Scherrer & Miah Artola