meet meat

I'm currently in residence at the Meet Factory in Prague. This space will highlight some of the more complete/larger pieces I'm working on during my time here.

Please feel free to check out my instagram or blog to see some more shots of what might be called The In-between or perhaps The Beat Between Dance Steps.

 

things I was meant to have said yesterday

We divide the time given to us in our lives through a series of personal, group, and voyeuristic practices. These practices are both conscious and unconscious, with their perceived individual outcomes not necessarily expressing who we believe ourselves to be. “things I was meant to have said yesterday” is a collection of work that explores and dissects a few of these practices through video and sculptural pieces.

conversations with celebrities (@JustinBieber, @MileyCyrus, @KhloeKardashian, @ParisHilton, @NickiMinaj, @ArianaGrande, @TaylorSwift13) - Wood, Metal, Screws, Twitter, 2014

ritual objects of binary states - Horse skulls, Florescent bulbs, 2014

the time in between is what mattered - video, 2010

in this afternoon light, I have jumped between feeling incredibly calm and feeling incredibly anxious - video, 2012

the ineffective ways we choose to measure time - video, 2013

details of a perfect story - video, 2014

 

somewhere between these peaks and valleys, I missed you

The smallest pieces of matter are expressions of waves: waves built on waves to make cities full of people living in buildings; maybe driving a car to work. As each of us pass through this landscape we have moments where we possibly share a space just as another person has. The sin waves of all our atoms line up to strike the drum of existence at what seems to be the exact same time. Very close. Very, very close. “somewhere between these peaks and valleys, I missed you” is an outward expression of these building blocks that make up physical space. It gives the viewer the chance to see themselves expressed in these building blocks, and feel the sensation of standing in exactly the same moment as another.

 

Considerations of This Future. This Future. This Future.

It is easy to look back into the past and imagine a single moment, that if only changed slightly, would result in a present that is drastically different in some way. This is a thought process in line with the Butterfly Effect, where a tiny change results in drastically new outcomes.

While I believe that it is possible for small changes to echo and bang off of the boundaries of time -- sprinting forward to become ubiquitous in all that there is to observe -- I think that we, as people, do not change with small influences of our environment. I think we try to pawn off who we hope to be onto actions that could or could not have taken place.

"If only I had given that woman my number..."

"If only I had decided to visit the ocean last weekend..."

"If only..."

In these single actions we create a narrative of a turning point that could have caused us to become someone different. But these moments are not turning points. They are small deviations that lead us back to the exact same present (with possibly some better stories sprinkled in). We crash and bounce in a wave towards the future, with opportunity after opportunity presented to define who we are, and it is through The Self that makes the decisions, not the individual decisions themselves, that bring us to the present. It is not mastery to look back and consider who we could have been, but mastery to look forward with an understanding of the past deciding who we will be.

All posted photos of this project are credited to Joe Iano. You can visit more of his work at www.ianophotography.com. I encourage you to do so.

 

Remember This (version 2013)

Our memories constantly fade. Our synapses create proteins that cause neural networks in our brains to light up and recall a childhood dog or our trip home from work a few weeks ago. Each time we call on a memory, a protein is created again, sometimes different, sometimes maybe not at all, and the memory shifts. It begins to take on a softer hue or maybe attach parts of the current context to what was. Parts that were once important become less so -- the past blends with our current context and setting, taking cues from the us that is in the present.

Remember This is about experiencing this process in an external way. It's a project about realizing the parts of this process that are human alone; the forgetting and damping effects of context. When the machine is turned on it takes an image of the space in front of it, compresses the image to a set of points that best represent that image's composition, and then draws this representation. After finishing this set of points, it takes another image, compresses it, combines that with what it thinks it previously drew, and then draws this new set of points. This process of combing the previous and current point sets is done using a function that has a learning curve to it: over time the function weights variations in the scene (new people or objects) as being less significant if the variations do not alter the scene in a statistically dramatic way. Impact of the machine's memory is dependent on the time since it captured the initial memory (when it was turned on) and how dramatic the variation is of what it is currently looking at compared to what it believes it first looked at.

As the viewer watches, he and the machine are both linked by the process of memory. As the machine draws, the viewer by default will think of previous experiences of watching the drawing take place (whether long ago or just moments before), while his brain feeds him experiences that relate to his current context. As the machine externalizes and tries to mimic in a clinical and objective way the memory of the space between it and viewer, the drawing that is created belongs not to the machine (as it has no way to look at the piece as a whole) or the viewer. It is a memory set aside: external and detached. Maybe this is what we hope our process of memory could achieve, to expel and allow others to fully see and understand our view and experience. But maybe memory that isn't bounded and confined, fading and picking up false facets through new experience and context, isn't memory at all.

 

I Want All of This. All of This I Want.

Truth should always be thought of with a lowercase "t". Our knowledge bases -- spiritual, scientific, or other -- are foundations that require from us a continual process. No knowledge base is ever a method for definitively attaining truth, but a vehicle that uses practice or method to continually touch Truth, for a discrete moment of time. It is not in the starting point or the end that Truth is found, but in the process: in the beautiful and agonizingly complex middle.

The statement "I want to be a better person" is empty without reflection on the process to reach the goal. Unless I look at the steps I can take to reach this point, the statement has zero weight or possibility of being realized. The larger and more demanding statement, "I Want All of This. All of This I Want.", speaks to wanting a truth and understanding of the entirety of ones environment. It, like the previous statement, requires a reflection on process to become something other than an ambiguous, empty statement. The machine which writes this continually on the floor is a mirror to us as we get stuck in a place of only focusing on the goals of our lives and not the process: checking items from a list and removing ourselves from the process involved; removing ourselves from the ability to find truth through our actions.

We walk into a room to find this machine continually writing this phrase; this large machine striking awe in us, as its scale dwarfs us and we feel as if we are entering a temple of some other entity. What we are seeing, though, is a mirror of ourselves. And as our feet scuff the chalk writing on the floor, and the machine's process suddenly becomes the point of focus because of our interaction with it, we come to find truth in this place. We see that the shadow that this machine casts, which engulfs us, is a shadow of ourselves. That we maintain this ability to find truth through our attention to process and a desire to fill the space in which we stand. This room with this machine becomes a shrine for the process of finding Truth and a testament to our ability to create Truth from within.

This project is in collaboration with Olson Kundig Architects. All renderings, photos, and mockups were completed by Olson Kundig Architects. Visit them here: http://www.olsonkundigarchitects.com/. There are some very nice, talented people there.

All posted photos of this project are credited to Joe Iano. You can visit more of his work at www.ianophotography.com. I encourage you to do so.

 

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