Saturday, May 20 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Collective Currents

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In which we will discuss an interactive installation between Artist Wendy Wischer and Computer Engineer Erik Brunvand exploring the idea of cooperative experience in both literal and conceptual ways to create a unique environment that references our ability to solve environmental issues, specifically clean water, through collaboration. The physical cooperation is through a circuit requiring that the viewers form a human chain between the interaction points, which include bronze casts of the collaborators hands. The viewers are encouraged to create a larger chain by holding hands and cooperating. As the viewers engage in this, the water sounds move from garbled water sounds to recognizable babbling water sounds and the video fragments begin to connect together to create a comprehensible video picture. The larger the human chain, the more cohesive the sounds and images are in relation to each other. While the picture becomes clearer, there is still overlap of some of the image fragments creating an imperfect unity. This comments on the difficulty and imperfection of ecological restoration as a practice. Water has significant meaning in the West and we need to work together to ensure we have access to clean water. This installation, while referencing the specifics of place in the captured video, also includes the crisis of our thirst for oil and how that is compromising our resources of water all over the planet. As we all know, water is essential to our survival, especially in the high desert ecosystem of Utah. Collective Currents is layered in concept with collaboration at its core from process to experience. It is when we come together, that we can increase our energy, knowledge, experience and efforts to solve our problems. The environmental crisis can be seen as the greatest obstacle facing mankind. It will be our human connection with our surroundings and each other that will allow us to tackle these problems and find solutions.

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Wendy Wischer

Artist & Computer Engineer, University of Utah
Wendy Wischer creates work in a variety of media from sculptures, to installations, video and public works. Much of the artwork is blurs the separation between the intrinsic history of working with nature and the cutting edge of New Genre and New Media. She is the recipient of several... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
CTW Conference Hub at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway 1871 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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