Indoor, public fire-pit and temporary public park installed at Recess’s Soho storefront location. For two weeks, visitors were invited on a 24 hour basis to camp out, roast marshmallows and sing around the fire.
40' of aluminum piping installed to ventilate the firepit
2016 (When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Chandeliers)
fruits, root vegetables, rewired chandeliers
site - specific installation in Essex Market where two antique chandeliers are rewired to illuminate the gallery using produce from the market as a power source, prior to the market’s relocation for a new high - rise building.
photo credit: Bill Massey
Fugue in B Flat
sculpture and video
Fugue in B Flat, 2016 is a grand piano modified into a beehive. The sound of the bees interacting with the piano strings is amplified via live feed from a contact microphone on the piano soundboard.
Fugue in B Flat is a time–based sculpture with visual and audio feedback of a natural system of logic and survival colonizing a man-made system of order and harmony.
Sculpture, video and large format photographs
Zzzzzzzzzz is a mobile, functional sculpture. It consists of a custom-made captain’s bed. Its drawers are outfitted with langstroth - style beehive frames that house four active beehives under the bed. A mesh canopy surrounds the sleeper.
Bees have the same diurnal cycle as humans, returning home at dusk, and leaving the hive in late morning. In the nighttime, the bees return to the hive. After dark, the bees remain in the hive, making the bed suitable for human activity.
In 2016, I took the sculpture on an itinerary following the mobile beekeeping industry. Destinations included the largest animal migration on earth: the February almond bloom in California.
Two channel video installation
Camera: Steve Romano
Sound: Iddo Aharony Performance swimming with predators at private wildlife parks in the United States.
A Thirsty Person
Video and installation
performance still (pictured) from atop the Global Seed Bank and floating on icebergs in the arctic while wearing a custom survival suit, designed in the style of Goya.
Paradise Begins With a Shipwreck
Wooden boat, projector, screens
4.9 x 3.6m x 3.6m
Handmade wooden arctic sledging ship for use as an ice-age movie theater
Installation including a framed copper cold plate that chrystalizes and functions as a portable iceberg and refractive projection screen for videos from the arctic. Refrigerators act as amplifying speakers for sound.
A Selfless, Reteaching Jet
Fairbanks Z stationary engine, inverter, downdraft gasifier, car battery, 16 mm projector
A wood-burning film projector, built off of modified FEMA plans, salvaged car parts and metals from a defunct atomic research lab. I built this generator to sustain film and video art in times of petroleum emergency. The film projected from this machine was a 16mm document of myself chopping down the tree to source wood for running the projector.
The Soft Obtains a Central Position
5’ x 5’ x 5’
Sculpture based on my brother’s blast shelter while stationed in Iraq, as well as our childhood pillow forts.
40,000 Double Rubs
steel, marine fabric
Sculpture based on utopian and personal disaster survival architecture. This sculpture can be installed on one property and transform into a floating escape vessel when needed.
Songs For a Lost Bird
tree, birdhouse, ukulele, shoes
Hand-built wooden boat
Tourist Crisis Center
Collaboration with Tourist Artist Collective
Live performance, electronics, video
Breaking Ice is the outcome of an extended collaboration between composer Aharony, physicists Peters and Xu and myself. The project aims to speak to the increasing rate of melting and disintegrating glaciers by creating a laboratory -controlled model of the much larger- scale phenomenon. Ice sculptures were fractured in the particle physics laboratory and used as live video projection for performance with cello and electronics.