It’s been a while since I’ve had time to post. For a moment I was optimistic about a “2019 year in review”, but that fell off by a few weeks of incoming projects. To keep things short, I’ll just post photos and videos with a few comments. Maybe one day I’ll be able to go into more detail, but for now… 🙂
First off, big thanks to Jennifer Nagle Myers for the various interviews(s) about Empathy Machine. Found here: https://medium.com/@jennifernaglemyers
So what is empathy machine?
In the words of a D.C. audience goer, “Oh my god, that was incredible!” Seems to be the best way to describe it. It is a project spearheaded by the multidisciplinary duo of slowdanger. A while ago I built an LED ring for the dangers to perform under. The project grew organically and went from 15-minute performances into a one hour queer sci-fi dance drama. To me, it is about the story; A piece with human connection, purpose, actions, and consequences. We had sold-out show(s) in Pittsburgh, D.C., and NYC. I can only hope that others will have the opportunity to see it again. The Promo from Empathy Machine created by Char Stiles. I feel blessed to be a collaborator on this project, it’s too cool.
After returning from the final empathy Machine performance, I collaborated with the dangers for intimate subjects at the Carnegie Museum of Art CMOA in Pittsburgh and for a house immersive called path.OS. (both videos below).
Thanks to the amazing support from The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, (Tom, Golan, Carol, Linda), the work made with Bill Shannon (projection mapping masks) and slowdanger (LED ring) were both a part of the studio’s 40 year anniversary exhibition held at the Miller ICA at CMU. (You can see the masks in this video).
In between all this I’ve been working on a visual collaboration with two other musical groups and party promoter. (I’ll write in more detail about these projects as they become more visible.).
Most recently, I performed at the 9:30 Club in D.C. for Bent, a LGBTQI dance night. It went so well, that they asked me to do the rest of the Bent parties this year.
Side note: We picked up a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, and I made a few 3D printable enhancements for other users with Cages. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3923625