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.

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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