Massive data requires new esthetic approaches and innovative technology.
But as we engage in increasingly instant, global, and massive communication, engagement with these channels and related data has a moral imperative. Without ethical awareness guiding our work and regulations, these tools have already proven their potential to incite killings and massive manipulation.
Understanding historical context of our work and grounding the use of media on knowledge of esthetics and political consequence is one avenue I pursue to build awareness in my teaching.
As an artist I am aware that digital media amplifies my voice more than a physical artwork. Reflecting on the message I am sending is an important aspect of my work.
In the past years I have become more engaged in the NYC environmental movement and want to lend my voice to build awareness as a citizen, as an educator, and an artist.
From that spectrum above I will show several artworks and NYU student class projects:
• My Second life Installation “Mirror Garden3” builds artificial Flora and alludes to the Icarus saga of human’s struggle to balance exploration of and interference with nature.
• A work-in-progress, an homage to Bauhaus master teacher Oskar Schlemmer explores the relevance of his minimalist Bauhaus dances for both motion design and sustainable philosophy.
• ‘Fossil Free’ a projection map animation, adjusted to the architecture in three NYC locations sends a more direct political message against plans for a pipeline for extremely polluting tar sands.
My NYU class ‘Engaged and Participatory Media’ (in the BS in Digital Communications and Media, SPS) focuses on the use of media for non-profit political or ecological purposes. Student teams develop projects on a local scale. Examples are
• a Second Life class project where students researched water bottle usage in the NYU cafeterias and compiled the accumulated plastic waste.
• A second project was an elevator installation that confronted riders with plastic contamination in the oceans during NYU Earth Week.
• Water fountain installations as incentive to use refillable bottles
• Bike App for Brooklyn