I received a grant from the Faculty Research Awards at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in order to research and build a marine-rated scanner rig, so as to scuba dive and image a coral reef, then produce a series of archival prints. I received additional moneys from the office of undergraduate research to work with a team of engineers and artists on open-sourcing the DIY design. The resulting prints will be exhibited in Johannesburg South Africa July 2014, in Milwaukee October 2014.
From the proposal:
For Rippling Images, I propose to make an exhibition of artworks where site and technology – their limitations, possibilities and potentials – take greater accountability in the constitution and construction of Compressionist images. Here I will produce marine-rated rigs, including custom hard- and software, and perform several new series of digital images: these might be on a live coral reef, off the Galapagos Islands, or in Antarctica. Here, matter matters. My movements underwater, my relations to life and gravity, what I see and cannot see, fish and plants, breathing and fluidity, will all affect and be affected in and as my images, being made. At stake are not only the ways we perform our bodies, media, concepts and materials, but also the implications of water and land, life and non-life, that we per-form with every day: as individuals, and as a people.