My first commission! “Stemma” (Coatrack) from 1980.
John Loomis, the current director of the California State University International Program in Florence, Italy, sent this recent picture to me. While there, I was studying all things Italian with Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, the co-founder of the radical architecture group Superstudio. My other teacher there was Gianni Pettena, who always managed to derail the ongoing conversation of architecture and design into the realms of art. The persistence of the automobile with these perspectives informs my work still.

My first commission! “Stemma” (Coatrack) from 1980.

John Loomis, the current director of the California State University International Program in Florence, Italy, sent this recent picture to me. While there, I was studying all things Italian with Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, the co-founder of the radical architecture group Superstudio. My other teacher there was Gianni Pettena, who always managed to derail the ongoing conversation of architecture and design into the realms of art. The persistence of the automobile with these perspectives informs my work still.

More photos from Peter McCandless from the May 3rd Side Show at NIMBY. He’s captured the lighting by other GM cars well (with Jason), and driving back into the building through the crowd via smart phone.

I really liked Jesse Sugarman’s performance “We Build Excitement” staged near the NUMMI/Tesla factory in Fremont through Southern Exposure. Used to be the GM plant. Maria could have been from there originally, but the plant opened the following year. Her serial number shows that she was made in LA. A few years ago I wrote Tesla asking if they would sponsor Maria and provide one of their motors instead of the diesel. Still waiting for their response….

The Side Show from Maria’s perspective. At NIMBY, April 12 as part of the 10th Anniversary Extravaganza. There will be another one today May 3, as part of the Life Size Mousetrap Launch, once again at NIMBY. 2-5pm and then 9pm-2am. For more info: www.facebook.com/events/690328254343768/

I will be making another video today trying some other approaches. There is something really interesting about the lo-fi audio on this. The pulsing or beating as a harmonics between the ambient dance music and and the machine.

A higher res version of the video may be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu8—rBYDEI

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!

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.

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.