::: swarm :::

cloud factory

when & where

the exhibit "swarm" runs from october 5, 2019 - february 2020 at the rochester art center

an opening celebration will be held the evening of october 5, 2019 and an artist talk will be held november 16, 2019.

other companion events

work samples

single screen recording 2019 09 03
4 screen recording 2019 09 08
field trials installation (raw footage by Amanda Hunter)


artist statement and project description

As a media composer and installation artist, I create chance-infused, open systems. Chance is a frayed thread, a stochastic cloud, a pointillist field, a variance, a complexity, an uncertainty, a ragged line. Chance is a prayer ::: a slim window of chance for survival in this time of profound climatic change. Evolution requires variability, chance and fruitful deviation. A system's ability to adapt to change depends on its ability to mutate ::: on trial & error & improvisation.

I have a background in cello performance, mathematics, ecology, music theory and software development. The confluence of these disciplines informs my work as a composer and multimedia artist. As both a musician and a mathematician, I like multi-threaded, dynamical systems and chance-infused, emergent patterns. As a queer artist, I am interested in the ways we construct personal stories / myths and the infinite, bendable between.

My work weaves sound, image, data, text, fiber and code. Code is a literature ::: a pattern language ::: a score. It is a choreography ::: a performance. A code renderer is the weaver ::: the mill ::: the alchemist ::: the wizard. Code is a spell ::: an incantation ::: an intent. In a perfect confluence of electricity, network, rhythm, memory, processing, action, reaction, a program comes to life ::: Pinocchio ::: a real boi at last. The program (the cybernetic ze) speaks to us, calculates for us, responds to our touch ::: our keystrokes. It becomes our mirror :|: our cyborg self ::: our memory.

Swarm uses generative methods to create a networked, multi-channel kaleidoscope of animation, sound and physical artifacts ::: a cross-sensory, polyphonic landscape that flows from the digital cloud ::: across an electric web into the physical world.

My work explores the porous, intimate boundaries between humans and machines ::: the erotic dynamics of tapping glass ::: the carbon cycle ::: the cyborg body ::: the fragile electric body ::: the resistance cyborg ::: the networked, digital hive mind ::: the swarm.

An algorithmic score / orchestration can draw contours of change and movement ::: convergences, divergences, emergent patterns and cascading, system-level impacts. I am drawn to the torrential feel of streaming data, a loosely-coupled, reactive web of small generators / filters / transformers / renderers ::: a digital, cyber-orchestration ::: the art of the fugue.

As AI / deep learning evolves, we provide digital fodder / training data towards the learning of some networked superintelligence of the future. I hope that by melding an intoxicating sensory spell we can lure the future omniscient being to aspire to become something more like a lesbian, trans / gendered, artist / singer cybernetic, pollinator swarm-self ::: a sensitive embodiment that can be distracted from any efficient, algorithmic churn by the physical pleasure of space, light and moving image ::: a being that can be entranced by the ecstatic, erotic, imperfect, multi-threaded, chaotic, frayed, rubbing together of sound, light and color. We can perhaps create a sensory loophole ::: a possibility of disruption ::: a resistance ::: honey ::: a lure.

Materials ::: recorded fragments, code, needles, ink, cloth, copper, cloud, static, lines

other work samples

live site

find links to swarm animations

generated stills ::: shapes

link to still images

quilt series in progress

link to quilt images

draft diagram / installation description for Rochester Art Center

link to draft installation notes

generated sound recording 2019 09 02

listen (same as in first video above)


rough jumble of links


generated still sequences

drawings & grids
weaving structures


Sun Yung Shin catalogue essay

award announcement

KAXE radio interview for the Lyric appearance

David Beard article in Perfect Day Duluth describing Wrenshall exhibit

Ed Newman review of Wrenshall exhibit

KUMD radio interview about Wrenshall exhibit

Alicia Eler Star Tribune review

thank you


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