We just returned from a month-long stay in Michigan, where we continued work on Detroit: a line through lives and places – capturing Brush Street from car and from helicopter, as well as on foot and in related historical archives. The project comprises both an immersive installation and an interactive online site that maps, evokes, and reflects a cross-section of the complex urban space of Detroit. The work is being created as part of OpenEndedGroup’s Roman J. Witt Artists in Residency at the University of Michigan and has recently received considerable further support from the Knight Foundation, which extends our development period through 2013.
Following up on recent residencies at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, we are currently creating a series of three 3D pieces inspired by the history, spaces, and objects of the museum. These works-in-progress are entitled Maenads & Satyrs, Saccades, and Knight’s Rest.
With Proximity Fuse we’re developing the prototype for a new form of documentary. Our subject is the origins of present-day technology in War World Two and the Cold War, as enacted in the career of Iowa astrophysicist James A. Van Allen. Funded with a chairman’s grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Linked Verse is a forthcoming piece for music theater that explores the gaps and the overlaps between Japanese and Western ways of being, premiering on December 7 2013. It is a collaboration with composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and has been commissioned by Stanford University to help inaugurate its new Bing Concert Hall. Our next residencies to develop this work will be at ZKM in Germany in May and then back at EMPAC in upstate New York in September.
All Day will be presented at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn later this year, taking the same form as After Ghostcatching there – both on the enormous outdoor LED Oculus and in the five-screen indoor installation. All Day evokes the borough of Brooklyn by means of enormous captures of the city space and the everyday motion and athleticism to be found within it.
We’ve just redesigned and published a new version of Creative Collaboration for the iPad; released under a Creative Commons license, it may be downloaded for free from the iTunes store here or seen as a pdf. The work, which draws upon our long experience in collaboration and offers concise and startling rules of thumb arranged in complementary pairs, was commissioned by the Finnish Innovation Fund, which put out its own print-on-demand version late in 2012.