ITP Camp Introductions

So yesterday I flew into New York City. I’m going to be staying out in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a month. I’m pretty stoked about getting to live in the big city for a time. I’ve always romanticized from reading books and seeing it as the epicenter for cultural change. I couldn’t be here for a better reason either! I’m happy to be attending a ITP Camp, a summer program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. ITP Camp is basically a month of unconference style workshops in media technology. I’m incredibly excited to continue learn make media based art in a guided fashion. I mean I learned all about using hardware and software from Youtube and forums.

Today was orientation at ITP. The 90-some-odd campers are as diverse as you can get. There are people from all over the world, from all types of fields, and in all stages of their career. Everyone is incredibly excited to learn more about tech and share what they think is cool. The camp runs via participation as the spirit of the camp is to learn from one another.

We were asked before the orientation to prepare one slide for a one minute presentation to introduce your perspective, your work, or anything really that might spark some collaboration. I’ve always struggled with talking about my work, so I was apprehensive about what I could share that was both true to my practice since I dabble in pretty much everything. I ended up wanting to show my felt beating heart, but it wouldn’t be right without showing it with the rest of the series – I mean, I guess its one.

Its funny looking back at my obsessions with crafting hearts over the past year. It began as an exercise to heal my broken heart. When I made my first patchwork heart, I was in a state of despair. You can see it in the material. I used torn and ripped clothing and stuffed it with cigarette filters and crudely sewed together mangled arteries and valves. My most recent heart-related work has an almost playful quality. But my personal favorite is the beating heart because it has the most intricate interaction. It beats when its picked up, triggered by temperature sensors, and moved with a servomotor.

I’m so excited to learn more and create some really great things this summer!