Made by Hand

Sagehen footage unfolding

Settling back into going through footage from Sagehen Field Station this past December. On closer examination, and with some time between, something is revealing itself. As I look at the video clips jot down notes about content and vibe, I scribble song lyrics on the margins. Feels good to be back in the studio, where ever that may be. It’s a sci-fi kind of thing revealing itself now. Just what we need to tell the story of our Future Forests!

Hydrology data collection belts by UNR.

Hydrology data collection belts by UNR.

Starting to chat with some scientists in order to work with their data. I’m also painfully absorbed into trouble shooting why Alex Dva (my new Mac-chassis) won’t talk to my new Arduino Uno! I plan to sonify the Sagehen Hydrology data and then install it in some proximity sensing sculptures akin to the wacky and beautifully ad hoc, idealistic data collection units I saw in the field at Sagehen. Help me Arduino and macOS Goddeses!

Meanwhile it’s the second snow day in 7 days here in Bellingham. So much for the syllabi!

Meanwhile it’s the second snow day in 7 days here in Bellingham. So much for the syllabi!

What is happening behind the solar radiant belt? Behind the numbers and graphs?

What is happening behind the solar radiant belt? Behind the numbers and graphs?

Data collection belt puffed, Sagehen Experimental Forest, 2018.

Data collection belt puffed, Sagehen Experimental Forest, 2018.

what is left of your devises/for measurement/did you plan to use the data/apply it to the task at hand… or is it just for the gathering/as if we could go back to when we had all we needed/or was it just for the measuring/trying to trying to understand/what is hiding behind the numbers….

Just a start. This piece is forming into something that reminds me of somebody. Years ago I met Sonny Smith. He was performing something totally strange, like a live music video with props and actors and video projections and of course is songs. I was like I want to do that. So glad to see his band and his music are getting much deserved attention! So thankful for everyone who has inspired me with their creativity and kindness.