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In the Fall of 2012, I received a grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation that covered a portion of the costs for the Phase 3 development. This was a great boost to the endeavor! The balance was to be raised via crowd sourcing. The fees associated with this, the additional work to provide "perks" and thank you gifts is significant, and is in effect, another project. The work for this would have hampered progress on the tasks at hand, so I bailed on it. I have been covering significant costs out of pocket. So, with this in mind, I am trying another strategy. Simple and direct, the donate button above.
I am currently doing research on sites for Maria's next SuperTask. I am looking at unused, derelict parking lots. Thinking of a cross between Ed Ruscha's Thirtyfour Parking lots" and Rauschenberg's erased de Kooning drawing. If you know of one that is available in the Bay Area, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. As a part of this next chapter, I will also be looking to modify the new valves and associated hydraulics to get a bit more power, so that Maria can spin using the iPhone remote control.
Lit by Ron Baker’s ‘66 Impala and a Corvair Monza the upper picture reminds me of Ant Farm’s Cadillac Ranch, but more like an homage to Chevy. That looks like Peter McCandless! Can’t wait to see his pictures! These must be photos by Karen Yandow!
Heading to the moon… via smart phone.
NIMBY Side Show. Photos by John Gearty
Maria will be performing a Side Show, spinning a mean donut in slow motion via smart phone, April 12 at 10 PM for NIMBY’s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza. Bring your obsolete technology and kiss it goodbye!
There is whole lot of crazy stuff going that night.
Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/events/252438971574656/?ref=5
Performing SuperTask#1(The Steppenwolf), 2012. Photo by Anne Kilint.
This is one of my favorite images from the extraordinary effort making the 1/2 mile square drawing a couple of years ago. Getting up pre-dawn and driving for an hour at 1.7 mph in Maria to deep playa from Liminal Labs at Burning Man. This was taken at one of four way points following the GPS signal. The meander of the signal would settle down after about 15 minutes, then I would stop, take a break, then head for the next way point.
Mark Thompson, once dubbed "The Boy Mechanic," has an extremely broad and deep knowledge of countless esoteric interests. As it turns out, his library of bees and beekeeping includes a cross over with flying cars.
On one hand, it is easy to laugh at this thing, but Curtis-Wright was and still is a legitimate aircraft company (beginning with the Wright Brothers). What could have gone wrong?
I have been working behind the scenes lately, applying for grants. Another phase of research and development!
The big news is that I have received an in-kind donation of an artificial intelligence platform called SILVIA (Symbolically Isolated Linguistically Variable Intelligence Algorithms). This will open up a whole new range of possibilities, that I was not really thinking about until now. Voice control and interactivity. She’ll be able to learn!
Peter Moy, who I have been working with on the iPhone operation of Maria, made this connection. Thanks Peter!
So, the new thing I am consumed with now is pondering what Maria’s voice should be, literally. I’m sure there will be limitations, but really, if you could choose any voice and personality for Maria, what would it be?
Back in March of 2012, I joined Mark Thompson’s CCA sculpture workshop, Post Nature, for a field trip to the Carrizo Plain, continuing a long trajectory of very ambitious, if not reckless, coordinated field trips. Really, I have always thought of these as collaborative artworks in and of themselves. We always gave a great deal of thought to the choreography of the student’s direct experience and ways to engage the various sites and landscapes we visited. We often made recon excursions to sort out logistics. On occasion of his sabbaticals and overbearing academic responsibilities, I taught the class for him as “Post Nature: Remix.” My preparations for this class, and ultimate coordination with him for my Casting Topologies interdepartmental coursework set the groundwork for Maria del Camino by looking more closely at land art and process based art. You can find the original post at 3/17/12. Always inspiring, the stuff of legends (at least in our own minds), and worthy of the late nights and more than a few drinks. Anyway, he just forwarded to me some nice pictures taken by Nicolas Morris, a student of his.
Mystifying and amusing—Maria at the Sacramento International Auto Show. Thanks to Harrod Blank for making this happen!