PMA Faculty have work in the Cress Gallery 2. Each work explores individual research/motivations and integrates some form of media and/or technology.
Lewis' work "Skylight (nonfiction)" acts as an architectural feature and extension of the gallery. Utilizing a live video feed from a camera placed on the roof of the gallery, this work contains a digitized experience of the natural sky in real time. The screen contents continue to evolve with the sky; providing a mediated view of what is beyond the gallery. Through our connection to digital and natural environments, along with the relationship between the actual and representational, our awareness of each is questioned.
Trowbridge's Arduino controlled work, A Message Never Received, transmits the words "A Message Never Received," letter by letter, in American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) code, represented in 7-bit binary with an additional bit to represent the end of each message. The message is transmitted via eight laser diodes across space and onto a front-surface mirror that reflects it. The piece occurs at an intersection of giving up on all communication and becoming open to the possibilities that surrender might offer. Is it possible to form a community during the extinction of a civilization? As one stands against intersubjectivity, shared cognition, or any collective basis for meaning, purpose and communication, it is not a given that one must stand alone. Whatever happens... HOW TO FIND EACH OTHER?
Westbrook's project "Product Placements," is an interactive wiimote controlled moving image sequence intersecting non-nutritional food habits with drive-by natural worlds. It is a formula for delightful nothingness, and presents a spectacle of branded presence that communicates using text and visual language, but has nothing to say.