Sunday, March 20, 2011

Orcas at dawn.

Recently i have been working with Nassal Co. in Orlando on scenic environments for Sea World
Orlando, San Diego CA and San Antonio TX. Here are some images of the "Stainless Wave" that will be the new backdrop to the Orca shows at Sea World Orlando and some new friends i met there while doing touch up.
The female whales and the young whales are kept together in a complex of tanks and get moved
from tank to tank often. Watching them while working i got the impression that they really
look forward to the "changing of the tank" routine. They crowd at the entry gate when they know it is time. I have to say that the situation isn't as dismal as i had thought in terms of play space. But it is still not the ocean. In the back of all this, further from the show tank is a large tank where Tilly is kept. He makes his presence known now and then by jumping and causing huge waves to ripple through all the tanks- all the way to the show tank out front. He is kept next to where they are demolishing and updating the tank that he killed Dawn Brancheau in.
More later on this.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pecha Kucha #8

On March 11th I was one of seven individuals to give a presentation at the Tampa Bay Pecha Kucha event. This was the 8th in a series of Pecha Kucha presentations in the Tampa Bay area.

Pecha Kucha (JapaneseペチャクチャIPA: [pet͡ɕa ku͍̥t͡ɕa][1]chit-chat) is a presentation methodology to organize the presentation order of an event, such as in a Pecha Kucha Night.

Pecha Kucha Night was devised in February 2003[2] by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo's Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDa), as a way to attract people to Super Deluxe, their experimental event space in Roppongi.[3] Pecha Kucha Night events consist of around a dozen presentations, each presenter having 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds. Each presenter has just 6 minutes 40 seconds to explain their ideas before the next presenter takes the stage. Conceived as a venue through which young designers could meet, show their work, exchange ideas, and network, the format keeps presentations concise, fast-paced and entertaining.

In 2004 PKN began running in a few cities in Europe, and has since become a worldwide phenomenon, now running in more than 260 cities in almost every corner of the globe.[4][5]

The format is 20 slides 20 seconds per slide and I can not stress enough how difficult the format is for the unfortunate presenter who underestimates it. I speak from experience.
My presentation was meant to be on " artwork that defies the established placement in venue '
but because i chose to speak on multiple projects from 1997- 2011 i was left unable to describe most of the content. I was attempting to stuff an hours worth of info into seven minutes.
It must have been amusing in some ways to watch but I was rattled. The Pecha Kucha experience is a good one. I recommend it to anyone who likes a challenge and the audience was great ( even taking great pains to make me feel as if I did a good job presenting my material ).
Thanks to Kenneth Cowart for organizing Pecha Kucha in the Tampa Bay area! We need more
stuff like this and people like him.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Seance For No One

Seance for No One was an exhibition in collaboration with photographer Kym O'Donnell.
The show took place at Tempus Projects from February 11th - 25th. The exhibition focused on spirit photography and "captured ectoplasms" Above and below are some examples of these sculptures.

Proposal For University Area Social Service Center