Re-Inventions

These works trace paths of invention, exploring innovation and the "global commons." Tracing the citations in patent applications enables me to unearth some of the patterns of technological innovation and how they intersect with economics and evolution. Most inventions are re-inventions; they spin from developments in prior innovations. What is it like to inhabit our inventions? The “Ruby Red Falls” works were named after a Space Shuttle payload project that artist Joe Davis proposed to NASA during the 1980s. The laser as viewed through Davis’s own words was his attempt to reconcile “the antagonistic sensibilities of the cultural and technical worlds.” My works typically portray unintended consequences of technology and include (re) drafted plans of some of the patented inventions that cause them (e.g., steam engines leading to cumulative carbon dioxide emissions). Some of the patents propose remedies resulting from yet other (patented) technologies (e.g., protection from nuclear radiation).

Other works imagine what living in space might actually be like in terms of intimacy and living. Initially during covid, I felt like I was living on an asteroid. The view of earth from space as depicted at times suggests patterns of migration and instability. Many of the animations explore the detrimental effects of unbridled capitalism, asking "who owns space?" While the images form portraits of technological innovation, the associated AR (augmented reality) portrays what is unseen in patent applications, namely personal reflection and political and environmental questioning (see the works about extraction) that contrast with the factual market-oriented data.

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Ruby Red Falls 1

Ruby Red Falls 2

Installation
Marina Gisich Gallelry
St. Petersburg, Russia

Detail
ExtrActivism

WUK, Vienna, Austria

 

 

 

 

 
Gimme Shelter 1: Migrations

Gimme Shelter 2: Migrations

Orientor 1 Orientor 2 Messenger Messenger 1
 
 
Speak to Me 1

Speak to Me 2

Untitled (NASA) Crying Astronaut Transmission VAB
 

 

 

 
Post-Earth Engineering

Workforce in Space

Cadmium and Cobalt 2 Extraction
 
 
Safe in Space

Cry in Space: Docking

Mining_ A Brief History Conversations
at a Nuclear Plant
 

 

 
Colonization of Space

Portrait as an Astronaut

Habitat

2020 Vision

Workforce