Livingverse

Livingverse (2010, Mobile/Mixed Media)

The Livingverse thesis project consisted of an interactive locative media project, a feature length documentary, and a research paper. The locative media tour used binaural recordings and archival audio/video to create an immersive narrative world to explore our contemporary global networked society through layering other historical places onto the architectural contours of the Digital Arts Research Lab at UCSC. Rather than presenting global networks through abstracted graphical representations of nodal relationships, the Livingverse project creates an interactive experience that directly engages the embodied perceptual and affective elements of the individual in relationship to these larger historical events and social transformations. Originally exhibited at the Things that are Possible DANM Thesis Show in 2010.

Lebenverse: Living Video Memory

Lebenverse: Living Video Memory (2009, HDV 73mins)

The documentary analyzed the Gulf Wars, the Rodney King beating, and the Iranian “twitter revolution,” focusing on the emerging social formations and shifting power relations accompanying the proliferation of personal technologies. It was filmed across the US as I interviewed Gulf War veterans, LA Riot witnesses, and cultural studies scholars such as Marita Sturken, Hamid Naficy, and Alison Landsberg. The documentary was funded by the competitive UC Berkeley Human Rights Grant and was a collaborative research project with the Witness organization in New York.

Mundos especulares (Mirror Worlds)

Mundos especulares (Mirror Worlds) (2008, HDV 37mins)

Documentary focused on the development of Argentina’s post-traumatic history after the dictatorship of 1976-83, particularly on the role of film production in the construction of national memory and recovery.  The documentary maps the general trajectory of increasingly nuanced and complex filmic representations, while contextualizing each film’s production within the shifting and often contradictory political discourses surrounding that traumatic period. Funded by Ohio State Honors Research Grant and International Affairs Grant.

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Occupy Oakland

Occupy Oakland (2011, HD)

The ongoing video series is part of a commitment to political activism and community participation.  The documentation helps present a movement structured around alternative forms of democratic participation.  The concept of the General Assembly within the Occupy movement is an inclusive consensus-building model of participation that has become a statement against the failed and corrupt representative republic of the US government.  Because of its inclusivity as well as its critique against government corruption and unrestricted global capitalism, the Occupy groups have come under increasing media attacks and governmental crackdowns.

First Day GA and 10/22 March
Forced Eviction/Tear Gas 10/25 
General Strike/Port Shutdown

Scholar of the Year

Scholar of the Year (2010/2011, HD)

Scholar/Youth of the Year is an annual scholarship competition amongst youth from East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Redwood City. As an extremely dedicated group of scholars, they competed for community recognition, financial support for high school, and a sense of pride in having control over their future.  The competition is hosted by the Center for a New Generation, as part of a larger effort to create a supportive academic and social structure for students in struggling school districts and communities in the San Francisco Peninsula.

2010 Scholar of the Year Finals                           
2010 Scholar of the Year James Flood (East Palo Alto) 

Amnemonic Devices

Amnemonic Devices (2009, Mixed Media)   by Karl Baumann & Elizabeth Travelslight

The project explores the contours of memory and forgetting through a layered web of materials, images, and lights.  A mixed media installation consisting of three projectors, VHS magnetic tapes, mirrors, tule, and other fabrics.  The collaboration was a formal dialogue concerning issues of memory and time, focusing on Marita Sturken’s idea of “entangled memory” and the Deleuzian concept of the “fold” in Baroque models of time.  The installation was originally exhibited at UCSC in 2009.

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