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Allie Learns to Read
San Jose, California

AIs it possible that a dog or other creature capable of semiotic processing to learn to communicate with humans using a shared symbolic language?

At 8 months, Allie demonstrates an interest in modern communications technology including television, cell phones, and computers. This experiment challenges Allie to begin distinguishing between images of a squirrel, bird, and puppy. The exploration aims to teach Allie the relationship of text + image combinations.

Animal languages are forms of non-human communication that show similarities to human language. Marc Hauser, Noam Chomsky, and Tecumseh Fitch assert an evolutionary continuum exists between the communication methods of animal and human language.

The Art of Disposal
San Jose, California

Advantaging the time afforded by Covid-19 for contemplation,slef-editing, and preservation (or not) of 40+ years of artistic professional activity.

The Art of Disposal is an anti-archival curatorial project for site specific disposal of personal artworks from my collection. The ambition is to create new works by transposing the context and forms of old works, while siposing of them permentnly.

This example showcases a folded paper plane on fire produced from origninal program diagramatics for a large scale media art prerformance titled DoWhatDo, celerating the theorreical work of learning and conversational system theorist Gordon pask.

As The Crow Flies
San Jose, California

A black feather on the sidewalk. A message to look at life from a higher level and move beyond your limitations, a good omen indicating you are being protected and kept safe, a sign you need to let go of something you no longer need that is draining your energy, a message to show you are on the right path. Welcome thoughts in these times.

As the crow flies. A phrase that dates back to sailors who believed crows could find the shortest distance to land. It is often used to indicate the shortest distance between 2 places. In reality, crows do what all birds do; they fly wherever they want, seldom in a straight line. They average a distance of 40 miles/day, and with a wingspan of 36 inches, they fly between 30 and 60 mph, reaching speeds of 70 mph in a dive.

Notoriously smart, crows may be just what we need to inspire solutions to the current problems of the day. Aesop’s fables detailing practical wisdom, famously told the story of a thirsty crow placing pebbles in a narrow pitcher to raise the water level high enough for the crow to access the water. The birds have been filmed throwing walnuts into traffic to break the shells, then watching for the green “walk” signal to retrieve the food without fear of getting run over. They recognize people who are aggressive towards them and those who are not, then share this information with their community and help each other fight off predators. And they never forget a face.

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The Fairey Gardens
San Jose, California

Located throughout our imSan Jose neighborhood of Willow Glen there are Fairy Gardens. These miniature land use interventions provide portals to the netherworlds from which fairies emerge to wreak seemingly playful havoc.

Consensus is lacking on exactly what constitutes a Fairy Garden. Like the suburbs themselves, Fairy Gardens are multi-dimensional often including both physical and meta-physical attributes. Frequently located along a sidewalk at the base of a tree with bright winding paths of colored gravel leading to tiny ornate doorways and houses complimented by painted by carefully arranged painted rocks, windmills, and mysterious tokens of every type. , The landscapes of Fairy Gardens are a simulacra, platforms of a hyper-logics of become real, situated in as embodiment of that which is invisible and yet visible.

TThis imaginary, theory within territory, deserves special consideration.

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Suburban Bird Network
San Jose, California

Birds live in diverse habitats that support sustainable populations that are specific to the ecosystem and biome present. Although not all suburbs are treated equal. A vast network of suburban habitats as is present in California that maintain a 30% or greater natural cover serves to support aa robust diversity of species through a vast suburban habitat network.

Although we don’t know exactly what we are looking for we hope to observe the complex and layered intelligence of bird species that inhabit the network. Using a wildlife camera to capture and analyze social and movement behavior that may serve to illuminate the role of this suburban network hub and the bird community it supports. Of particular interest is the nature of species negotiation relative to how the habitat is advantaged over time.

A central feature of the network hub is a bird condominium staged within a Japanese maple complete with feeder, water source and living quarters (bird house).