Title: w@rship
Year: 2021
Materials: Speakers, Lights, Steel chains, steel hardware, ratchet straps, my grandfather’s sailing garments, digital soundscape, solar powered generator
Dimensions: Variable 

Images: Ash Arder, David Hale
w@rship

w@rship was an experimental soundscape and meditation on bodily and mechanical vessels at war, and their journey to stay alive on Earth’s powerful waters. The work transformed personal family narratives and histories into a non-linear journey invoking, war, worship and the spaces in between. The soundscape playing on loop from underneath the garments included sounds collected from the surface and environment of the bell aboard the USS Paddle submarine. My grandather served on this submarine during World War II as one of the first Black submariners. Visitors to the Great Ship Lock Park in Virginia experienced w@rship while standing on the very grounds that launched Richmond’s relationship with building warships. This work was commissioned by 1708 Gallery for InLight 2021.
Title: hope ur well
Year: 2021
Materials: Playstation 4, Farming Simulator video game, projector, scaffolding, speakers
Dimensions: Variable 

Images: Ash Arder, Tamara Rosenblum
hope ur well

Live performance in the urban garden attached to the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in the meatpacking district of Omaha, Nebraska. I sit on scafolding playing a videogame that allows users to cultivate digital crops with realistic farm machinery. I operate a digital harvester to carve a message into a plot of land while users watch and try to figure out what the message is. This style of performance merges concrete poetry with land art, all in the virtual realm. 
Title: 0636
Year: 2021
Materials: 12 polyethylene hard hats, steel chain, steel hardware, Master Lock combination padlock
Dimensions: Variable
Images:
Ash Arder 
0636

Omega II hard hats are sold by the case at a minimum of 12 and in multiples of 12. They exist in this video as both literal and symbolic tools of labor, industry, and control. This work is part of a series of reflections on the materials, implements, gestures, and rituals involved in human interaction with large-scale machinery. I believe machines have the capacity to hold, remember and prefer encounters with some materials - including human flesh, over others. This series acknowledges objects as entities that actively receive and transmit energetic information.



Title: wrap 02
Year: 2021
Materials: 6 polyethylene hard hats, hardware, wood, nylon fabric
Dimensions: 6h x 8w x 1d (ft)
Images: Ash Arder
wrap 02

Omega II hard hats are sold by the case at a minimum of 12 and in multiples of 12. Half of one case are embedded in this installation as both literal and symbolic tools of labor, industry, and control. This work is part of a series of reflections on the materials, implements, gestures, and rituals involved in human interaction with large-scale machinery. I believe machines have the capacity to hold, remember and prefer encounters with some materials - including human flesh, over others. This series acknowledges objects as entities that actively receive and transmit energetic information. 



Title: agco 8t
Year: 2021
Materials: single channel video 
Dimensions: 1min. 34 secs. 

Images: Ash Arder
agco 8t

agco 8t shadows a virtual combine harvester threshing a field of corn at night in a video game world. The combine’s interactions with the corn during various stages of the harvest create graphical textures, marks and shapes which emerge from and disappear into digital darkness. Might exposure to the mechanics and processes of very large farm equipment in a virtual space prompt deeper reflection on their use IRL?





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