When artist Weidon Yang and I were preparing for the Open House installation of our interactive project "Sharing" (with a beating heart that you could hold in your hand), we solicited the help of Djerassi staff member Wade Watkins to help us make the base for the piece.
I had found an oak log by the side of the path not far from the Artist Barn. We wanted to make a wooden stump (about 18” high), that was hollowed out inside – to hide out equipment. And then have a 2” thick slice of the log for the top.
As we enter our last days here at Djerassi, I think it’s safe to say that a shift has occurred in all of us, even as the omnipresent marine layer of the first couple of weeks moves out to hot blue days and breathtaking views of the water itself.
We have owls—both at the house at the Artist’s Barn down the hill. Nights, we watch as they begin their hunt. As they disappear into the gathering dusk, they become the stump they stalk from until, just as we think we have lost them for good, a rush of flight and the white of the underside of their wings swooshing above us.
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This is a fun little exercise of surveillance and surveillance technology.
Fake news has been on the news a lot these days. How easy is it to make one yourself? It turns out to be really easy, as easy as how people generated gossip in the past. You can even have computer write those news for you. How easy to spread the fake news? Well, the modern social media makes this task unprecendently easy and efficient. Better yet, if you have resource and be strategical, you can hire a team of people, create an army of bots, to do the job. It can be spread really fast and appears very convincing.
Some intriguing Facts found during artistic research.
When our session ends at Djerassi, we're asked to leave behind an artist's page as a memento of our visit. Because one constant of my time on the ranch was seeing lizards, I thought it would be fun to try to pay tribute to the many different kinds of lizards that live on the property. Everywhere you go on the ranch, you'll find at least one and often many lizards--scuttling away under a tree stump, fleeing around the side of the house, or diving into the tall grasses leaving only the memory a brief, sharp rustling.