Making Decisions

MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, 2006

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I am sure this installation at MacDowell was influenced by the project I had completed immediately prior to that wonderful residency. The terrific Roger Dannenberg (Carnegie Mellon University) and I had been commissioned for the Tenth Biennial-International Art and Technology conference at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. Our interactive piece, “Origin, Direction, Location” was presented at the Cummins Gallery shortly before my residency at MacDowell began.

The MacDowell installation has visual interpretations, quirky to be sure, of the extensive technological patching necessary for the commission. I counterbalanced working on this installation with small, intimate drawings of isolated natural objects, for example singular pinecones. These objects however are a reminder to me of Fibonacci’s sequencing system; a set of numbers that starts with a one or a zero (see Drawings), similar to the binary origins of technology.