Career Development Grant
ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage
I am requesting funding to create a small-scale prototype of my Fall 2017 solo show in the Tweed Museum of Art's Sax Gallery. This prototype will model and test the exhibit's code-based, generative dynamics. At the end of this phase, I will have a multi-channel soundscape composed and mapped to a spatial environment for testing / tuning. I will have a working model of the larger physical experience of walls, networked monitors, sound nodes and projection in an ambient light situation similar to that of the Sax Gallery. This three-month project will move me towards my larger goal to transform the Sax Gallery into a cross-sensory, immersive space for reflection ::: a hymn-like landscape that envelops the viewer. This networked, polyphonic environment will feel orchestral ::: like an ecosystem evolving through time ::: a system with interconnected yet independent parts ::: a chance-infused choreography. I will complete the following milestones ::: 1. February - Compose, record, mix and map sound to a 360-degree, physical environment. 2. March - Code abstract animations that are responsive to input from each other and from the simple act of touch via a mobile interface. These will be rendered live via a web browser that listens for input through its internet connection to a central server. 3. April - Create a physical space for testing and use it to solicit feedback from at least 6 artist peers. Initiate a studio visit from curatorial staff at the Tweed. 4. May - Leverage documentation of the prototype to begin outreach about the Fall show. Summarize results and create a blueprint and work plan for the larger space. During this prototyping phase, I will request ongoing critical reviews from a group of artists whose thoughts and insights have been quite useful to my development. The work-in-progress will be used to share ideas and logistics with the curatorial staff at the Tweed. While developing the work I will take photo documentation, screen recordings and will keep versions of code, notes and media resources in my Github repository. This process helps me hone my work and gives me a chance to evaluate lessons learned from my experiments.
I accomplished the following milestones from my original proposal: 1. Composed, recorded, mixed and mapped sound to a 360-degree, physical environment. 2. Coded abstract animations that are responsive to input from each other and from the simple act of touch via a mobile interface. 3. Created a physical space for testing and used it to solicit feedback from at least 6 artist peers. Initiated a studio visit from curatorial staff at the Tweed. 4. Leveraged documentation of the prototype to begin outreach about the Fall show. Summarized results and created a blueprint and work plan for the larger space. In the end I was able to host a group of art educators from the region, 18 artist peers (some numerous times during the process), two arts critics, two outside curators and numerous members of the general public. The resultant feedback was invaluable to me as I developed and tested aspects of the exhibit. I used the prototype to manifest ideas for Tweed staff in a way that was quite helpful for our discussions and in developing the blueprints for the final work. Please also see http://mctavish.io/chance. I have started to document the project at this site.
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Career Development Grant
Tweed Art Museum exhibit "Chance" ::: Phase 1. I will spend three months preparing an early prototype for my Fall 2017 exhibit in the Sax Gallery at the Tweed Art Museum.
Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of Music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Candace LaCosse: North House Folk School instructor, leatherwork designer and crafter; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, former Children's Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artist, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Quentin Stille: student liaison, College Music Director at KUMD.
Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Moira Villiard: visual artist; Paula Gudmundson: Music professor at University of Minnesota-Duluth, flutist; Kayla Schubert: arts administrator, curatorial assistant; Walt Raschick: music director at KUWS; Pamela Davis: artist, weaver, instructor.
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Drew Digby (218) 722-0952