Cosmic Breath is an interactive installation made up of stalks of wheat that is activated when a participant blows into a sensor, turning the participant’s breath into a natural event making the wheat field undulate as if it has been swept by a powerful gust of wind.
Cosmic Breath is an interactive installation made up of stalks of wheat that is activated when a participant blows into a sensor. The participant’s breath becomes a natural event making the wheat field undulate as if it has been swept by a powerful gust of wind. The wheat field, a classic American symbol, and blowing, an action that connotes modern superstitions of blowing on candles, dandelion puffs, and eyelashes invites the participant to make an outsized wish. Cosmic Breath is rooted in the re-initiation of history. The project explores the psychology of the wish: the inane, absurd, and hopeful knee jerk reactions people have when presented with a birthday cake, flower, or hair follicle as a way to force the unforeseen and improbable into the world. The use of mechanizations reminds one that America’s streets aren’t paved with gold.
Empowering the with viewer godly power, Temchulla establishes a framework that dictates the creation and destruction of cultures. Used as a vessel to discover ourselves in order to discover that which overtakes us, Cosmic Breath provides proof of self-renewal and contact with personal existence.
Prototyping Electronic Devices , The Future of Sculpture
Leaving one’s mark in a place and time has been an intrinsically human act dating back for millennia. As civilization developed, the act of leaving one’s mark became a form of defacement as other forms of creating were quickly canonized within society for their inherent utility (i.e. architecture, crafts, poetry, etc.). Graffiti street art and tagging became a tool for leaving one’s mark and claiming territory within public space, but operated outside society’s laws of property ownership. Graffiti, the modern form of leaving one’s mark, became a destructive taboo within inner cities.
Many artists have looked to graffiti, street art, and materials often used to deface public space as constructive tools for reclaiming space, creating a public message, and/or questioning society’s values. Our group wanted to explore this idea of leaving one’s mark, not as a destructive force, but as a constructive act. How does the process of leaving one’s mark invoke new ideas or add to previous content? What does it mean to give a robot the ability to leave its’ mark and create or deface when most robots are designed to assist or streamline human performance and ingenuity. We hope to give a robot character and a sense of humanity through the act of leaving one’s mark.
Using computer vision, our group will make a ‘draw-bot’ that examines and then augments portraits by drawing/collaging with other materials directly on top of the images. We chose drawing on portraits because we see it as the ultimate act of defacement and the area for a robot to exhibit the most human character as it sketches in response to our physical features. Does the robot now have an opinion? Do the resultant drawings provoke the idea of preference or disgust?