Bacterio Circuit

This is a short video of how the bacterio circuit works, after I finally managed to solder it and keep it working! (The bacterio that many have you have seen was a circuit taped up to a breadboard- yes, I admit it!)

The silver thing right in the middle is a vibration motor, which is also what is making the noise.

Editing the Studio Dissection Film!

A couple of screenshots from editing the Studio Dissection film….  I much prefer Final Cut, but iMovie’s what I’ve got…. and does what I need.

Stay tuned for the video!

Also coming up: the video of the Dissection performance at the Esker Foundation!

The Dissection!

I was so nervous leading up to the Dissection, which was exactly what I expected.  You know when you build something up so much in your mind, that it gets a little blown out of proportion?  What I didn’t expect is that the nervousness would last all of two seconds- after Caterina introduced me, and I started talking, all my nervousness just disappeared.  All the sudden it was just me and my friends and colleagues- people who I know through school, my job, and generally, the art scene in Calgary.  Thank you all for coming- it made my performance, having so many familiar faces there.

Now that it’s done, I can tell you a little more about it.  I had been keeping my thoughts about it under wraps, as I didn’t want to give away too many details before hand.  It seems that the Morphoids use what is in their environments to create their insides… although I am still not sure how exactly that works.

Caterina Pizanias, the curator of The New Alberta Contemporaries, introduced me.  After I had given a bit of an introduction, we jumped right in.  The first cut was the worst, I’m sure you could hear it from the street below.

After this point, I forgot to be nervous.  We discovered what was inside the Morphoid, a lot of the contents looked familiar.  There was a Cheezies wrapper, a medication bottle holding fluid, and bits and pieces of all kinds of things.

We got an up-close and personal look at all aspects of this creature, even it’s underside, which contained three broken plastic forks, working as teeth.

I passed around most of the components I found inside the Morphoid, so that people could have a look for themselves.

I was impressed with the questions from the audience- there were a lot of smart and thoughtful questions, and everyone was happy to play along- no one tried to throw me off.  (Or if they did, I deflected their attempts!)

I was happy to be have the opportunity to do this dissection- it is an important step for my practice.  The Esker Foundation has been great in supporting this, and Megan, my main contact there, has been awesome. The audience was spectacular- just the right size, and full of people who support me and my work.   I am now quite relieved that it is over (as it was a year in the making!), so now I can focus on the next thing- my upcoming exhibition at the Art Gallery of Calgary!

(There will also be a video at some point in the future, so keep an eye out for that!)

Photos by Angelique Gillespie.

…Three Days to go!

What’s inside, what’s inside?

The Bacteriophage Dissection is coming up in…. three days!  Yikes!

Well, it’s really not so bad.  I think I’m ready.  I just need to repair/ finish a couple of simple things, and maybe do one more run-through, and I should be ready to go.  Yesterday I picked up the last few things I need (I hope I’m not forgetting anything!).

This project has been more than a year in the making.  I met with the curator, Caterina, just as I was finishing up my BFA, the spring of 2011.  And here it is getting to the end of the summer of 2012.  While I’ve spent a lot of time on this, and like how it’s all come together, I’ll be glad to be finished with it, and move on to other things.  As always, I have way too many ideas compared to the energy I have to implement them with (which, I admit, is quite a lot).

In contrast, my show coming up at the Art Gallery of Calgary is almost ready.  The dissection is completely new material, and the AGC show is new material, but uses a lot of what I already have.  And I don’t know why this is, but as soon as I have a deadline for something, it’s the last thing I want to do.  It’s funny, because for friends of mine, a deadline is real motivation, but for me, it seems that by the time I’ve got the okay/ a venue for something, in my head, I’ve already moved on  and am super excited about the next thing.  I always get things done, but sometimes it seems more work than it would have been a few months earlier, when I was most excited about the idea.

Anyway, if you’re reading this, and you can come to the dissection, you should!  It will definitely be a unique event!


I recently got a few cages from a friend and some garage sales in my neighbourhood, and have been playing with them… here’s some photos of sad Morphoids… doesn’t this remind you of the SPCA?

Trial Run of the Morphoid Dissection!

These are just a few of the photos I took while doing my primary run through of the Bacteriophage dissection.  Wanna see more?  Come to the performance!

There may be another trial run with a friend, to have her ask some questions and practice with that, now that I know what will/may be inside of a Morphoid.  I have to be prepared for all possibilities here!

A couple of days ago, I was starting to feel a little panicky with this coming up, as I still had a lot of questions and needed to do a run through.  Now that I’ve had a chance to do that, well, most* of it, I’m starting to feel excited about it!   I think if I have a general plan, and have a few ways of dealing with tricky questions, etc, I will be fine.  I’m anticipating the audience to be mostly people I know, either old friends, schoolmates, colleagues, the new friends I’ve made through exhibiting work and the ASA – the people who have been nothing but supportive of me, and all the craziness this sometimes entails, whether it be a dissection, an artist talk disguised as a conference presentation, hauling piles of equipment through Fish Creek Park (which reminds me, I should post the blooper reel), spilling 300 lbs of sand in the elevator at school (Did I tell you about that?  That’d make a good story for this blog), making you wear really uncomfortable things, building weirdly complicated structures in the driveway, etc, etc, etc.  Oh, and getting you tickets for parking the wrong way in a fire lane.  (Sorry, Brad.)

Anyway, working hard, looking forward to this!  (And I may have some big news coming up, just waiting for things to be “official”!)

A.R.T. on the L.R.T.

Creepy, eh?

C4’s Art on the LRT yesterday was fun!  It was definitely a different type of crowd than I am used to talking to, and between the crowd, the C4 team and the other artists in the show, I met some new people!  I also talked to a few people who had seen my work before, which is always great!  One lady even requested that I take a photo of her with the bacteriophage so that she could post it on facebook!  Sadly, that photo is on her camera, not mine.

Anyway, some more photos!

Performance: Art on the LRT!

On Friday, June 29th, from 5-9PM, I will be doing an informal performance at the Brentwood LRT station.  It is part of Art on the LRT, a project to bring into non-traditional spaces.

I will be there to talk to the public, as well introduce people to one of the Bacteriophages, which will move, and respond to people handling him.  It should be an interesting evening.  I particularly enjoy showing my work to the general public, people who may not normally have much exposure to art.  I particularly love that moment when they are deciding whether or not to believe me.  With the mechanical Morphoid, the first of a few, I hope, I not only get that decision, but the look of surprise on people’s faces when they realize that what I am/ they are holding is moving…. priceless.

Don’t I look credible?