Sacred Space Rituals

As part of a three-day workshop at the FISH FACTORY CREATIVE CENTRE for preteens from East Iceland. I designed a series of three sacred space rituals that all the attendees were invited to participate in each day.

Alters for the Four Elements

DAY ONE: ALTERS FOR THE FOUR ELEMENTS COMBINED WITH SPIRIT
I placed alters in the room at North, South, East, West and Center coordinates. All was invited to add to the alters. I shared my insight about the elements and they shared theirs with a particular focus on Iceland. We discussed the characteristics of each, our natural affinity for a particular, and the wholeness of them all. Children were especially keen on talking about animals and the element that represented them. Over the course of the workshop I photographed the alters individually.

North is the earth element. It is the color green. It represents midnight and winter. It is the place of greatest darkness. It is caves, mountains, garments, groves, and plains. The characteristics are strength, wealth, body and form.

South is fire element. It is the color red. It represents the moon and summer. It is the place of greatest heat. It is the sun, stars, deserts, volcanoes and lightning. The characteristics are courage, will and passion.

East is air element. It is the color yellow. It represents dawn and spring. It is the place of greatest light. It is the sky, wind, high places, vibrations, and clouds. The characteristics are breath, wind, music, and intellect.

West is water element. It is the color blue. It represents twilight and autumn. It is the place of the setting sun. It is fog, tides, snow, lakes, wells, rivers, oceans, and rain. The characteristics are compassion, feelings, dreams, intuition.

More photos of the FOUR ELEMENTS ALTERS.

Dream Catcher and Dream Box

DAY TWO: DREAMS
I added to the room a giant dream catcher and a dream box and asked attendees to write down there dreams on sheets of paper and slide them into the box without writing their name. I discussed with the children the story behind the dream catcher and the importance of recognizing and verbalizing their dreams in sleeping and waking life.

More photos of the DREAM CATCHER AND DREAM BOX.

Medicine Wheel

DAY THREE: MEDICINE WHEEL
I added to the room with local crystals and rocks creating the shape of a medicine wheel that included the Earth, Fire, Air and Water alters. I asked the children to come up with an animal for each stone that best represented its position to the alters in the wheel. For example if it is a stone between water and earth to find an animal that possess both of these characteristic, for example a polar bear who lives both in water and on land. We also included animals from Icelandic folklore and stories.

More photos of the MEDICINE WHEEL.

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things

Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things

I am pleased to be part of Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things, a prototype of the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab that experiments with shifts in authorship and ownership of stories while exploring the ethical and political implications of ‘Internet of Things’.

The ‘Internet of Things’ is positioned to be the largest deployment of connected devices, dwarfing PCs, tablets and smartphones combined. The opportunity this presents for laying storytelling over the physical world is exciting. Stories that can aid the discovery, personalization and connection of people to places and things.

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things focuses on four design principles;
1) THE TRACE the importance of being able to see a trace of your contributions within the story
2) GRANTING AGENCY balancing team and individual tasks enable participants to see where their decisions and actions impact the experience
3) THEMATIC FRAME designing an emergent space for Sherlock Holmes inspired creations provides a common foundation
4) SOCIAL MOVEMENT through a kind of serendipity management we can design moments where participants “bump into” unexpected points of collaboration

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things is world wide endeavor; includes meetups in close to 20 cities, collaborators from over 60 countries and 250 participants within a pilot massive online/offline collaboration (MOOC), which was developed within the Film Program at the School of the Arts and is powered by the Columbia University School of Continuing Education (SCE). MOOC is an effort to create a dynamic experiential learning space that bridges the physical and the digital.

This MOOC will create an experiential learning environment that mixes theory and practice to reimagine the world of Sherlock Holmes. Over 10 weeks, participants will engage in lectures, teamwork and project based learning that explores the future of storytelling. Together teams design and build smart storytelling objects, which are plugged into a massive connected crime scene with locations around the world. The goal of Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things is to build a massive connected crime scene consisting of smart storytelling objects. This fall teams will create, design, build and test prototypes that will be plugged into a number of crime scene locations around the world. The first crime scene will be staged at Lincoln Center during the New York Film Festival September 26th through October 11th

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things

About the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab
The Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab designs stories for the 21st Century, building on a diverse range of creative and research practices originating in fields from the arts, humanities and technology, never loseing sight of the power of a good story. Technology, as a creative partner, shapes the ways in which stories are found and told. In the 21st Century, for example, the mass democratization of creative tools — code, data and algorithms — changed the relationship between creator and audience. The Digital Storytelling Lab, therefore, is a place of speculation, of creativity, and of collaboration between students and faculty from across Columbia University. New stories are told here in new and unexpected ways.

For more information visit
Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab
Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things Global Challenge
Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things featured at Convergence as part of the New York Film Festival

Bloc Party at Celebrating Red Hook


As part of Celebrating Red Hook, a day-long festival celebrating everything Red Hook I worked with Amy Weng under the name of DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] where we hosted Bloc Party, an intervention that is part experiment and part play, a project conceived over brainstorming ideas to engage the public in communication.

What is Bloc Party? Imagine one of your favorite games made out of wood pieces but now blow it up in size and add a twist. “Who inspires you most?,” “What is your greatest Secret?”

Bloc Party is both a conceptual and participatory game where passers-by are invited to join in both building and breaking down in either silence or with the added twist in conversation.

Celebrating Red Hook
Red Hook IKEA Ferry Terminal, Brooklyn, NY. 11231
Saturday July 12, 2014 12-10pm

For more information about the festival visit http://www.star-revue.com/?p=1167

Family Day Festival with World Wide Friends in Vogar Iceland

I was invited by Stefan Arinbjarnarson, Director of Culture for the Municipality of Vogar to work with a World Wide Friends (Veraldarvinir) a non-governmental, non-profit organization promoting nature and cultural orientated activities for people, interested in spending time in Iceland as volunteers. The volunteers included people from Japan, Catalonia, Austria, France, Russia and Italy

I spent two weeks with the volunteers to prepare for Fjölskyldudagur (Family Day) festival August 16 – 18th . The festival, spread over two days, includes a golf tournament, bonfire at the shore, musicians and sing-a longs, a fishing tournament, art exhibitions, barbecue, concerts, face painting and various competitions for both children and adults. The key purpose to have fun and bring the community together and share the spirit with all.

We created our own version of a community center hosted by Marta Guðrún Jóhannesdóttir at the Menningarverkefnið Hlaðan in Vogar. Free and open to the public over the course of the festival we offered international food prepared by the volunteers, a video presentation, games, live music and sing along, dance, an origami workshop and offered a chance for interaction between the volunteers and the community.

Public Interventions with Thomas Klipper and Co.

Public Interventions / "SRIAT"
As part of SRIAT (“Social Responsibility in Art Today”) I spent several evenings with fellow artists and workshop organizer, Thomas Klipper working experimentally in public space in Budapest, Hungary.

Exploring politically or culturally charged sites of Budapest, we targeted a number of public statues, such as Ronald Reagan, a bronze policeman, among others. These ‘guerrilla sculptures’ address social and political issues like the banning of dumpster-diving or censorship. The documentation of these interventions is currently displayed as part of an installation “At Wang’s” the Ex-Chinese restaurant, Bartók Béla út 2, in Budapest.

One of our interventions regarding censorship was featured in the daily news.

“Action is Concrete” Graz, Austria


On September 27th, 2012 “Actions is Concrete” a series of political and artistic interventions in the city of Graz, born out of “Truth is Concrete” made up of a collective of international and local cultural workers. At 4pm we invited the public to protest a creative tour of Graz which included more than 100 people gathered at “Truth is Concrete” terrace Thalia. The first action was “Smash-Town, a patriarchal die-in” in which women and men performed a collective suicide, then able to be “born again”, no longer being suppressed by male domination.

After the rebirth, the participants were led by Mr. Alley to the contemporary art museum the Kunsthaus Graz which is supported by Raiffeisen Bank, their biggest sponsor and investor in the oil industry. During the march participants sung together to drive away evil spirits of the Kunsthaus. This action was in response to the complicity between business enterprises and public cultural institutions.

The group then moved onto the main bridge, Erzherzog-Johann-Brücke, where a black strip of cloth was hung in the river Mur, to protest against the plans for a new Murkraftwerk.

The last interventions took place in the Hauptplatz the main square in Graz, a collective begging action against the discriminatory ban on begging in Styria and public drinking action in response to the alcohol prohibition at the Hauptplatz.

Video from a participant of “Action is Concrete.”

“Esprit de Corps” Presents “Piñata Party” at freie internationale tankstelle as Part of Month of Performance Art

“Esprit de Corps” is a series of events to promote, encourage and motivate all ages to become physically active as a means to participate in Art. A gift to the people of Berlin by our temporary collective “E.T.”, comprised of myself and six other contemporary multidisciplinary artists who united forces ‘to take over the art scene’ in Berlin for a short moment of time. As part of our schedule of activities of Month of Performance Art, “Piñata Party” was held at freie internationale tankstelle.

Imagine your dream 8th birthday party. Your heart races with anticipation of the ensuing excitement to come. Piñatas, pin the tail on the donkey, birthday hats, balloons, confetti and colors everywhere, your sweetheart will be sitting across the table from you, your eyes locked. Ok, now blow everything up in scale and add some years, your wildest 8th birthday party fantasy has become reality. Welcome to piñata party. Piñata party included traditional american bbq, dj and live drawing.