Helsinki Web Sketches (2013) are a series of graphic compositions assembled from images shot during an artist residency at HIAP—Helsinki International Artist Programme, Summer, 2013. The photographs are combined with WebGL code, animation, and video. The sketches utilize three.js and the Quintus game engine.
a geography of being : una geografia de ser (2012) is an installation that reflects upon the dynamics of the undocumented immigrant youths in the United States. The installation consists of wooden kinetic sculptures with animated displays titled “Undocumented Drones” and a video game that places the player in the role of an undocumented youth that must face several challenges in the search for self-determination. The Undocumented Drones are networked to the game and help the player through the game.
EXCESS NYC (2011-ongoing) Excess investigates the large amounts of food going to waste in urban centers and creatively employs new tactics to divert food from landfill and back to people to consume or compost.
Undocumented Drones, version0.1 (2011) are a series of modified hobby robots that have been enhanced with an additional microcontroller, screen and radio module. Each robot presents a rotoscoped animation until it receives a twitter message with the tag "DREAMers". Upon receiving the tweet, the animation freezes, the motors are activated and the message or tweet is displayed. In 2012, they will be part of "Sanctuary City" at NY Hall of Sciences.
Miracle of Chile (2010) is a workshop, public situation, bus intervention and a virtual labyrinth that investigates Milton Friedman's famous phrase "Miracle of Chile". In 1981, Friedman declared the phrase in reference to Chile's economic change through his neolibral philosophy, in 2010 the triumphant phrase is questioned. Miracle of Chile is a collaboration with Kurt Olmstead. Commissioned by Ignacio Nieto for El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
Breaking News (2009) is a two-part project: a news media literacy workshop designed for young children and an art installation that reflects upon the manner that current events seep into our lives. The installation is informed by the workshop and features the Breaking News application - an rss reader with a critical twist.
On Transmitting Ideology (ongoing) In the form of street demonstration and gallery installation, On Transmitting Ideology, investigates how polarizing essentialist ideologies have been formed through mediated rhetoric. Hand-crafted wood AK47s and Uzis feature radio receivers that transmit an audio montage of famous historical speeches that have structured Conservative vs. Liberal ideologies.
Through the VOTEMOS.US Voting Cart (2008) participants may take the voice of either McCain or Obama as they make public a hypothetical vote for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections. The cart features hand-crafted wooden busts of McCain and Obama. The Voting Cart presents participants a microphone that is amplified via speakers sprouting from the top of each candidate's bust.
VOTEMOS.US ¡México Decide! (2007-08) Spanish language portal to the 2008 US presidential elections that proposes that Mexico get a vote in the US elections. Between Mexico and the United States exists a constant circulation of people, product and capital. Within the U.S. lives an active Mexican population that in 2000 represented 4% of the US labor force. If Mexico could elect the next U.S. president who would it be? Login and vote!
Carreta Nagua, Siglo 21 (2007) In the colonial park, Alameda Central located in the historical center of Mexico City, I offer free rickshaw rides. Once the passengers settle into the rickshaw, they watch an animation that tells a tale of immigration, aging and cultural and familial loss. It is an animation based on the current reality of my parents. Carreta Nagua, Siglo 21 is commissioned for the festival TRANSITIO_MX02.
El Rito Apasionado (2007) In a hotel room in Connecticut, three Guevarrian Neo-Marxist Latino Terror Revolutionaries seek to help establish a balance toward justice for the crimes committed by the United States of America toward small and poor nation states, cultures and peoples. the video El Ritual Apasionado is commissioned for the exhibition 50,000 Beds.
Copa Sonar (2006) Public event at Schlossplatz, Berlin historically a highly politicized site. On July 14th it became site of public sound performance and broadcast. Organized by Marco Barotti, Emanuele Guidi and myself in collaboration with sonambiente, and tesla, five experimental sound groups volunteered to overtake plaza. ap/xxxxx, B Component, the rottt, OLYVETTY, saal-c performed and broadcast via miniFM, visitors received free wine and beer.
FALLOUT: What's Left (2005) Drawing from public text submissions to an online repository of personal perspectives on Nicaragua, the installation Fallout at Momenta Art constructs a revisionist history portraying the ebb and flow of Latin American Marxist revolution. The installation features propaganda posters commissioned for the installation from four designers: Isabel Chang, Enrique Sacasa, Ed Adams and David Ulrich and much more.
Dentimundo (2005) The best online resource to learn about Mexican border dentistry practice. Get a directory of dentists on the border, listen and download the hot new corrido - 'Corrido al Dentista' and most importantly gather tips on how to be a savvy medical tourist in Mexico. Commissioned for inSite05, Tijuana Calling, curated by Mark Tribe
Fallout (2005) Fallout serves as a repository of personal perspectives concerning the enigma of the Nicaraguan national character. Initiated by requesting personal commentary from individuals representing various generations of one family, Fallout is an open archive of informed and thoughtful insights addressing the past, present and future of Nicaragua. Commissioned by turbulence
FROM DARKNESS TO DAYLIGHT (2004) is a video installation reflecting on the history and the future of the Bowery neighborhood. The sculptural work is made of a series of large ducts that have been interwoven together and inserted with monitors featuring computer animated characters that reflect different histories of the Bowery. Each animation is based upon a real resident of the Bowery and features recorded interviews by each with the artist. Commissioned by The New Museum
Public Broadcast Cart (2003) is a shopping cart outfitted with a microphone, amplifier, speakers, miniFM transmitter, and a laptop with a wireless card. The shopping cart is designed to enable any pedestrian to become an active producer of a radio broadcast, braodcasting to the immediate area via FM frequency and to the thing.net's online radio station.
Nexum ATM (2003) an interactive video sculpture in the form of an ATM, presents a history of aggressive intervention by the United States toward ten small, poor and globally dispersed countries. Accompanying the physical ATM is the NEXUM ATM website. The site is an informational depository to contest the actions of the Bush administration by presenting information and links toward civil mobilization.
Vagamundo (2002) is an online and mobile cart project for street display. The project is composed of a video game that parallels the plight of undocumented immigrant labor in New York City.
audiophile (2001) remixes of the sounds of the city, from Managua, Nicaragua to Mexico City to Manhattan. The sounds made available for downloading represent an investigation of the urban landscape with layers of electronic composition.
Cargo Load (1999) a sculptural vehicle designed for public performance and display, calls to question the burden of modern technologies upon the individual
U.S. Authorities Say..., (1999) edited audio recordings from news accounts in 1999 during U.N. bombings in Yugoslavia and Iraq.
The Evolution of Utopia (1998) interactive sculpture illustrating utopian ideals of three periods in Western History
October 14 - 15, 2014
Key Note and 2-Day Workshop, at Seminario Transmedia y Narrativas Audiovisuales, Cali, Colombia
October 20 - 23, 2014
"Cities in Dialogue" lecture and exhibition at Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), Independents Liverpool Biennial, UK, curated by Claire Taylor
July 25 - Sept 13, 2014
"Vagaries of the Commons" curated by Sarah Fritchey at Artspace in New Haven, CT
February 7, 2014
Interview content with migrant activists or "Dreamers" Vishal and Cesar are now online. These discussions were recorded in 2012 to develop the project "a geography of being | una geografia de ser."
Daily Headline Deaths (2002) is a web page that visualizes the deaths reported in the New York Times' Headlines from June 15th to August 25th 2002. The project attempts to visaulize the simplification of human life via news media.
A Virtual Landscape, (2001) An online Harlequin Romance of two lovers torn apart by economic realities.
The New Polis,(2001) an interactive video installation depicting four theories regarding the development of the urban space in Western culture.
Audioscope 6 channel audio sculpture, 1999