Motion Capture Work-in-Progress:
April 2023: Below is the latest update, including footage of the threatened wilderness at Mugii-Murum Ban (NSW) combined with a gentle human gesture, and a 3D-landscape inspired by these combinations. I also include a test install at a recent residency.
*more photos on instagram
March 2023: So far I have built the principle model and rigged it for motion capture data: below is a test render of the base model (based on me) with test motion capture data linked. The final 3D products will have the glitches removed and have materials and texures added. They will then be composited into live action video. The gestures used in the final work will reflect non-extractive relationships with the environment and movements that promote collective action.
Lighthouse Works 10th Anniversary Exhibition & Screening, September 2022
I'm debuting my film, Cabin Fever AI Love Story, partially shot during my residency at Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, NY, in LW Shorts this September 23-25. Cabin Fever is a pandemic-fueled fever dream about an Artificial Intelligence who accesses the artist's hard drive and uses their files to make a video... Unfortunately, the AI has been trained on the unhealthy, chaotic spaces of the internet, so things become a little unhinged!
In the short clips from Cabin Fever below, a 3D-modeled version of my own face, rigged for facial motion capture, brings to ‘life’ some poetic text written by an artificial intelligence (GPT-2) trained in the English language and health-related spam emails. Like much of my work, it crosses back and forth between what is considered the digital world (AI, CGI, etc.) and what is considered the 'real' world -- me as an embodied artist, my voice, my daily interaction with capitalism and health.
This film combines computer-generated illusion with live-action footage that depicts moments that show the harm of business-as-usual as well as moments of its upending, such as acts of collective refusal. In the second clip below, I worked with fellow residents at Wassaic (NY) to stage a moment of collective action (or inaction) that I had been dreaming about – a kind of spontaneous, Bartleby-inspired walk-out to protest the Trump administration.
The Virtual Void: a Panel in VR with Fred Scharmen, Elisabeth Nicula and Erica Molesworth
Please join us online for a conversation in Social VR: in a moment when NFTs dominate discussion in art circles, what role can art play in interrogating extractive environmental practices? When all the money and attention is following space ventures and the metaverse, can we make creative use of technologies in ways that do not simply replicate the void? Perhaps emblematically, this discussion will take place in Virtual Reality – itself the latest void to seduce with a promise of emptiness and possibility. Erica’s work has long struggled (hard) with the lure of Utopia and the strange tendency it has to be dystopian. Log on to Erica’s VR Art Camp space, Utopia Spa, as we puzzle out the possibilities of community, art, architecture, and relationships with non-humans in the void…
Highly recommended reading to facilitate a deeper discussion:
Elisabeth Nicula, "The Artist is the Void"
Virtual Reality Art Camp! April-May 2021 ⚗️
Excited to share my first foray into 3D animation/modeling and Virtual Reality through the amazing VR Art Camp: https://www.vrartcamp.net on May 30, 2021
See below for documentation of the space or visit at this link: https://hubs.mozilla.com/mgtdNnj/utopia-spa
LMCC Governors Island Residency: Fall 2020 🏝️
It was a dream to spend September through December 2020 on Governors Island as a resident of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Art Center. See below for an excerpt of my artist talk about what I worked on while a resident:
Recent Exhibitions: 2019 📽️
Lishui Photography Festival, China, November 8-12th, 2019: http://www.lishuiphoto.org/2019/News_show.php?v=en&id=88 (images below)
The grass is always #00ff00, NYC, October 18th - November 8th, 2019, Curated by Vanessa Kowalski: https://www.narsfoundation.org/2019_exhibitions/the-grass-is-always
Two install images from Lishui Photography Festival ↑
Recent Screenings 📽️
Competitive Disadvantage, curated by 77 Mulberry, Mery Gates, Brooklyn, NY
Dallas Medianale Film Festival, official selection, Dallas TX
NARS & MASS MoCA Residencies 2019🍎
Monday, December 17, 2018
I have just moved to New York City and have been accepted to 4 residencies in the first part of 2019 to pursue the final exhibition of my project 'New Earth' and begin a new project around islands and climate change:
NARS Foundation International Residency Program (with US-based artist fellowship) in Brooklyn, NY [studio view below].
Banff Centre Artist-in-Residence (with financial support) in Canada
Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA [pop-up exhibition view below]
Screening and Talk at Bay Area Video Coalition: 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
I'll be screening a new work at the BAVC Resident talks coming up on June 7: https://bavc.org/events/resident-talks-erica-molesworth-and-andrea-rodriguez
Join current artists-in-residence Erica Molesworth and Andrea Rodriguez as they discuss their respective practices and share work they’ve developed while in residence.
Molesworth has been developing a new video installation that is both speculative and documentary, which examines utopian projects and communities that attempted to recreate planet Earth in an effort to envision different futures and societal structures.
A reception with wine and snacks will follow.
Upcoming exhibition at Yerba Buena Centre for Arts: 2018
Friday, April 27, 2018
I am currently working on a collaborative video and sculpture installation with Annie Albagli and Johanna Hoffman for Public Square at YBCA on June 2. The installation excavates layers of history and story in the landscape of the YBCA site, and is the culmination of our year long fellowship at YBCA examining questions around truth. https://ybca.org/whats-on/public-square-2018
BAVC Interview: 2017 🎤
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
An interview about my practice and what I'll be working on at the BAVC residency: https://bavc.org/blog/failed-utopias-and-resilient-publics-interviews-bavc%E2%80%99s-2017-18-residents-andrea-rodriguez-and
BAVC Resident 2017-18 🎉
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Pleased to be an artist-in-residence at the Bay Area Video Coalition for 2017-18. More info: https://bavc.org/press-room/release/bavc-2017-2018-residents-announced
Channels Festival 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Across 13 Australian and international video works, Conditional Surplus considers what kinds of futures the current human condition will shape. Bringing into focus questions about our relationship with memory, space and each other, the three-part program evaluates the strengths and limitations of an increasing digital landscape forged by an obligatory self-focused nature.
My work also features in the festival's trailer here: http://channelsfestival.net.au/program/festival-launch
Jenny Odell's talk at EYEO 💻🌿
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Check out Jenny Odell's great talk at Eyeo 2016 on technology and being in the world. (A little feature of my work at about minute 27).