Visable Light, Audible Sound and
I guess that the first time I was impressed with
lightning was in about 1960 when I was on top of a 10,000 foot
mountain in Wyoming. A thunder storm moved in right over my head
and I heard the thunder and saw the flash
at the same moment. Talk about Hi Fi, as it was called in those days,
this was my most exciting moment observing the Earth's power and
mystery. I recall this often and remain fascinated with the most
powerful and subtle, natural Earth events I can find, especially those with
components always present but hard to comprehend, like the weather.
And I am equally fascinated with the efforts of mankind to understand
and appreciate these events.
So, what does this have to do with being an
Earth-stuff is the source of my work.
Recently, I discovered through my friend Steven McGreevy the wonderful
coming from lightning that can only be heard with special
radio receivers operating in the audio part of the spectrum, but
unheard by the human ear.
It seems that lightning storms on the far side of the planet cause
very low frequency waves, invisably propogated by the Magnetosphere.
does a similar thing too
and it is his dream to videotape the Aurora
and add these normally unheard sounds. I now have one of his receivers
for these strange sounds.
What this research proves to me is that natural phenomena here on
our home planet are rich in multimedia events. My goal is to create
personal responses to some of these events using my experience in
sculpture, sound and photography. Continual research shows me new
processes and tools by which I can learn more and express what it is
I find intriguing and hopefully universal for others. I admit to also
being fascinated with the new digital tools for exploration of the
Earth. I hope to use these analytical tools for aesthetic aims in a
project I call
Theater of Electricity
THE LIGHTNING FIELD
The Aurora Page
My Home Planet
I've been fortunate to travel a bit but will never see most
of the Earth.
I am also interested in places where people have discovered truths
about the planet.
I think of the great observatories in India and the American Southwest.
But I am equally intrigued by people who have built monuments which
still puzzle us
like Stonehenge and the other stone circles in England and sites in
Latin America like Monte Alban.
Without pronouncing judgement,
as an artist I am free to include both the scientific and mystical in
I am especially interested now in how technology can enable us to keep
tabs on our Earth through remote sensing devices
such as weather
buoys. All this data I present has a functional aim, but I am
drawn to its aesthetic quality.
For example I am currently working on a project with HP engineer
Glenn Elmore to our unique, Sonoma County high speed, amateur radio,
digital network. His
(On Channel Active Repeater) pages reflect the work that he and
I are currently doing.
I have an in-progress page on
helix antenna construction as well.
This project has grown out of another Gateway
project where multimedia, interaction and remote sensing
research interests led
us to establish an internet-to-amprnet gateway in my office at
Santa Rosa Junior College.
The Digital Landscape
Traditional maps are abstractions of the real world, a
sampling of important
elements portrayed on a sheet of paper with symbols to represent
objects. People who use maps must interpret these symbols, but they can
be equaly appreciated visually.
show the shape of land surface with contour lines. The actual
shape of the
land can be seen only in the mind's eye. Graphic display techniques
in Geographic Information System's
make relationships among map elements visible, heightening one's
extract and analyze information, but for me it simply adds more
of visual richness.
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
Bucky Fuller said about the Electromagnetic spectrum: "Up to the twentieth century, "reality" was everything humans could touch,
smell, see, and hear. Since the initial publication of the chart of the
electromagnetic spectrum ... humans have learned that what they can touch,
smell, see, and hear is less than one-millionth of reality. Ninety-nine
percent of all that is going to affect our tomorrows is being developed by
humans using instruments and working in ranges of reality that are
Electromagnetic spectrum research is so broad a field that I
specialize in a small area for which I have some experience and tools.
While many artists limit their aesthetic research to the visible spectrum,
I have broadened mine to include some invisible parts of the spectrum.
My interest in amateur radio over the past 30 years gives me some
insight and ability to include information from another narrow
part of that spectrum. Sight, or more specifically,
Line of Sight becomes very important for certain parts of the spectrum
and for the "catching the ghosts"
Alice Aycock calls those unseen forces around us. Radio frequency
takes me to the field and I really like this topographical contact with nature.
My tools include receivers and transmitters operating from the audio frequencies to
near light, global positioning spread spectrum receivers using satellites and
high speed data wireless networks linked to the internet.