Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The motion after-effect, the "waterfall effect," is something I've been thinking about a lot and looking to use. Waterfall as a metaphor is strong for me. I began thinking about it years ago in terms of my work, and have been kicking it around for a while. There's two big projects I'm thinking about... the first is a room with a 4 wall moving looped projection that creates a moment of visual fatigue, ensuing in a momentary visual hallucination when emerging from the room and then looking immediately at a static image. I'm working on it.


The second is a moving, looped projection of a waterfall onto a wall of ice that would be shown outdoors, in winter, in Anchorage, AK. Just looking ahead to when global warming shifts it all up there. Actually, there's many reasons why I think this piece would work, vision and memory and desire all up in the mix, but the implications of global warming are pretty strong. I think it would work as a site specific piece and as a secondary piece comprised of documentation that's descriptive of the site-specific installation.

Alaskan Waterfall on Ice Wall- Rough Sketch






Above is most certainly not how the projector would be set up, this is just the most basic description of showing "projection."


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The wall, which should be between 2 1/2 and 3 stories high, should be constructed out of clear blocks of ice.









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The melting of the Furtwangler ice wall is remarkable.



"The glaciers of the Furtwangler ice wall on Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, are retreating rapidly. That loss could add to the already heavy drought burden facing those who live near the mountain."

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Why don't I have unlimited money to just make shit? Son of a bitch.

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Coming up: my dreams of making:

Alaskan Solstice Portraits
LA Etched Glass Map
Billboard Specific Work

4 comments:

patcaribou said...

this is a cool idea...but logistically, it would be easier to do this in fairbanks where the ice is cheap and abundant...i don't think ice harvesting is allowed in the anc city limits. you might be able to sign up for www.icealaska.com

ZS said...

Pat! The ice doesn't need to be harvested, it can be manufactured and it must be in Anchorage in a warmer and more populated Alaskan city. Not to worry, I'm working on something superb for Fairbanks and you and Ben are both factoring into it... probably about a month.

ZS said...

Also, "Global Warming My Butt."

patcaribou said...

ha... "manufacturing" ice in alaska?...think of all the greenhouse gases that will be emitted!
"global warming my butt" --greatest zing ever.