Thursday, 11 April 2013

Pat Oleszko & Lolita Hernandez at MOCAD for ART X Detroit

April 9, 2013

I picked up Pat Oleszko at the airport Tuesday night and we went to MOCAD to start setting up the installation/performance she is doing with Lolita Hernandez.

Lolita is the artist that is listed in the Art X information; Pat is not.  I did not make it to the opening last night but hope to see their event tonight at 7:00 pm.  Feeling like I'm coming down with whatever has been going around, so maybe not.

You have to check out Pat's website to get any idea of how wild and wonderful her stuff is; I can't do it justice.  But here are a couple of pics I took when setting up that might give you a hint.  She does things that have volume - stuffed costumes, etc.

Pat sorting out some of the stuff she ha sent ahead. 
Pat's "Ballerinas", part of the chotchke she created to be in the set. 
In the MOCAD gift shop - SUN RA, a Detroit artist. 
A different exhibit in the MOCAD space, in another room.

Fool Moon - the Big Fun!

April 5, 2013

The Big Fun

It was so much fun on the street Friday night!  Here are a few pix and clips, but you can find lots more out there by searching "Fool Moon 2013".

But first, here's my timelapse - "Fool Moon in 55 Seconds" from YouTube.  If you look really close, you might see Jim and Anne Duderstadt on the right side sidewalk, just behind the scaffolding.  They were down there with some friends and were very enthusiastic about the whole event when I had a moment to say hi to them.

We called the projection we created "Moon Unit Face Pong".  A person could stick their face into a hole in a green screen and they would become the man/woman in the moon that was being used as the ball in a game of Pong being played by 2 people in the crowd using Wii remotes.  Whew...

(I strongly suggest that you watch it Full Screen - the bottom right button in the viewer)

A couple of photos:

The view from the rooftop of Cafe Felix's chairs.
Someone sticking their face into the photo booth; that's how you got your face as the wo/man in the moon.
View of the laptop running "Resolume", the VJ software that put all the pieces together.
View from the roof of Washington St. in full swing. 
An interesting collage: the Pong game with video effects, and in front are 2 luminaries in the street.
The face luminary looks like it's part of the game.
A view of it all: Pong on the left, Lasers on the right.
And a trio video clips:

Watching someone put their face into the photo booth and then show up "in the moon" and in the Pong game.

See the "Wo/man in the Moon" in our game of Pong, and hear me exhort the crowd with "You only regret the thing in life that you don't do!"

Shows the Resolume laptop running the show and the resulting projections.  At the very end, you get to see the LASERS in action.


Friday, 5 April 2013

TedX 2013

I am one of the Faculty/Staff advisors for the student group 'TedX'.  They put on the UM's version of TedX each year, and they do a pretty amazing job.

This is the 4th year they have done this.  The first year was pretty low key, held in an auditorium on North Campus.  The next year they rented the Michigan Theater and sold it out.  Last year they rented the Power Center and sold it out.  They are back at the Power Center this year and it is once again sold out.

Here are a few shots of the setup from Thursday April 4, 2013.

The 2 laptop table driving all the PPT presentations & the timer.

Mary Heinen, UM School of Social Work, rehearsing.
You can see the PPT monitor and the Timer monitor.
All presenters watch the clock count down their time.
Preparing the doors to hold all the badges for attendees to pick up.
The badges being hung.

The projector inside the League.
The projection on Burton Tower.
Cldtus on the lighting booth, with the stage in the BG.
Me on the stage!  I finally got a photo of *me* at an event.

TedX - the Day of....

Badges out on the lawn at Power Center, ready for pickup.
The first speaker, Robert Quinn.  TedX is off and running!