“For Elizabeth Briel, the world is a treasure trove of art supplies. Paper Pilgrimage is the story of her search for surfaces more expressive than machine made paper. With a growing awareness of the region, its people, and our moment in history, she travels Southeast Asia’s ancient and very local tradition of handmade paper amid increasing modernization and the resurgence of China’s regional dominance.
Among the journey’s many rewards are a lesson from a paper philosopher in northern Thailand, a detour with treehouse designers in the jungles of Bokeo, and a glimpse at a Dao shaman’s sacred book. Part art history and part travelogue, Paper Pilgrimage is not only a remarkable record of a fading craft, but also a sensitive tribute to the artisans and families who enlist armaments and Hollander beaters to turn bamboo, mulberry, and elephant dung into paper in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
Included are over 60 illustrations and detailed descriptions of the processes of 10 papermakers and artisans.”
Unfolds to a silhouetted map of mainland SE Asia created from text of paper making recipes, surrounded by scanned papers of coconut bark and other materials.
Icescapes [in Progress] - Sonification and Visualization of Climate Change
Site-specific painting for the Yew Chung Education Foundation Hong Kong
Each of the peaks in the mural, each note of the track represents the steadily rising carbon emission levels of one year
At an Unhackathon an artist, a DJ, and two Python coders created algorithmic music based on a graph of carbon emissions from 1751 to the present. We transformed an image (graph) back into the numbers it was made from (data), generated then refined music from those numbers, and had so much fun.
Ben adds texture and depth to the notes generated by MIDITime software from the carbon emissions data (1751 - present)
Our two Python experts John & Justin tried an array of potential approaches to converting statistics into music. Then they stumbled on MIDITime - created by a radio producer as a way to create aural interpretation (sonification) of Oklahoma's increasing earthquakes.