Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Project EMERGENCY a Great Succes at Supercrawl

What a great weekend! The guest hosts were fabulous, the participants at the festival were great to speak with as I know I had some fantastic conversations with people on what their emergency was, what they were concerned about in their daily lives, and what needed to be done in our communities.

Check the project EMERGENCY page for full details:

Here are a couple pics and videos from the weekend.

Be sure to watch the project page as I tally up and sort through the submissions.

Friday, September 14, 2018

SUPERCRAWL Starts Today!

Come check it out, speak to our guest hosts, and have your voice heard by participating in project EMERGENCY.

 Guest host schedule.

Friday 6-10pm: Manorun Organic Farm, Neighbour2Neighbour, Bikeables, Environment Hamilton.

Sat 12-10pm: SACHA, McMaster, Big Brother Big Sisters, Neighbour2Neighbour, Hamilton Arts Council, Mission Services, HPL, BARC, Canadian Mental Health Association, Manorun Organic Farm.

Sunday 12-7pm: Mission Services, Immigrant Working Centre, McMaster SOTA, BARC, Downtown BIA.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

WaterWorks Exhibition Follow up Paper

Here is the link to my short follow up paper on The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness and the WaterWorks Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton:

Have a read, let me know what you think. C

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Guest Hosts Wanted for Supercrawl Sept 14-16

Are you outgoing and personable?
Like chatting with people you haven't met yet?
Have a unique perspective on your Hamilton? 
Want to participate in a Supercrawl Art Project?
Are you a good listener?

Then I need you as a Special Guest Host as part of EMERGENCY.  

(All hosts will receive an honorarium, this is not volunteer, you are too important!)

Go to:
for project details.

Contact me at:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Lightning Bike & Green Venture

Green Venture is all about living sustainably, and exploring ways each of us can avoid making our mark – on the environment that is. From healthy soil, fresh air, to clean drinking water, what can we do, and what we can consider, when it comes to all the choices we make in our daily lives. Funny thing is, a lot of them are actually really really easy. But still, we struggle.

The Lightning Bike is all about energy. The energy we use in almost absolutely all that we are and do. Look around, everything around you not from nature, required energy to produce, ship, sell, be consumed, and then trashed. We get this energy from a variety of sources, some cleaner than others. Burning coal, nuclear, solar, wind, natural gas, etc, etc – there's lots of it so we use it freely and in abundance. Its super cheap to, so that makes it easier to disregard as well.

I fabricated these custom, retro style bars for use in multiple riding positions.

But what of Human Power? That is, power or energy created through a physical action. Could be rowing, biking, walking, all would work. The premise being that in order for my computer to be on right now allowing me to type this, I would either need to be riding a bike hooked up to a generator, or, I would have had to cycle earlier to charge some batteries in order to power my computer. Maybe I would be drafting this with pen and paper before typing it into my computer just to save time, but I didn't do that because last months hydro bill was only $67. Why even turn my computer off at all – save all that start up time.

The Lightning Bike at Green Venture is looking to explore questions around energy, and this exploration is going to require some real physical commitment. As of right now, the bicycle part of the Lightning Bike is complete, and my tech guru Tim is working diligently to complete the generator box that turns pedal power into 1500 watts of juice. I've asked for some cool LED's on it, but we will see about that as LED's require power on their own, so do I want to pedal for some LED's? Maybe I'll be okay with a mechanical set up. After all, before abundant electricity, equipment and home appliances were mechanical and required our physical input in order to operate.

As soon as the generator power box is complete, the exploring will begin. 1500 watts. I wonder how many watts my computer and the monitor are using right now? And can I type while cycling? Anybody know any really good cyclists? Contact me if you do.  

Welding the aluminum lightning bolt into place. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Splash Gala, AGH

A great evening at the Art Gallery of Hamilton during their Splash Gala event as the Water Works show closes.

The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness is now back at the studio as Tim and I gather the data from participants use.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Artist Talk at the AGH

As part of the Water Works Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton I will be part of a panel discussion coming up this Thursday, May 10th. Check the link for details and to get you tickets:
Water Works presents water through several lenses of experience and interpretation. Through individual artworks and the examination of the exhibition as a whole, guests will delve into themes of identity, intervention and the poetics of water.
Panelists include: exhibition curator Christine Boyanoski, artists Bonnie Devine, Liss Platt, Ed Pien, David Rokeby, and Christopher McLeod.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Artist Video

A quick intro to The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness. Thanks AGH for filming this.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Artist talk @ AGH

A wonderful event at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and thanks again to the McMaster Water Network for the invite to speak and share.

I will be speaking at another event at the Art Gallery of Hamilton on May 10th. Check the AGH website for details, and I hope to see you there.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Art Gallery of Hamilton. Water Works Exhibition

To everyone that made it to the AGH for the opening of the Water Works Exhibition, I say thank you. It was a great event, well attended, and The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness really had people talking, and of course, trying to fill their water bottles.

Here is a great video from the opening:

Have a watch and listen as they navigate the The Machine trying to get water. 

For more photos and videos:

Also check instagram at campaign4awesome / #liquidblueness

Monday, January 29, 2018

Machine of Awesome installed at the AGH

The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness is now installed and fully operational at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

As a part of the Water Works exhibit, you can bring your water bottle now, to the opening on Feb 11th 3-5pm, or anytime the gallery is open until May 27th.

It would be great to see everyone at the opening, but if you can't make it, be sure to come into the gallery and experience how the Machine has been reformulated specifically for Hamilton. 

Check: for a sneak peak video I shot just after install.

Tim inspecting during install at AGH.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

It was a chilly New Years Day, but the News Years Levee at Hamilton City Hall with the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario was well attended.

My interactive sculpture, the Aqua Lauta, was set up for the event and discussions around drinking water and the energy required to move and deliver water to our homes and businesses kept my brother Tim Mills busy for the duration of the event. Great that he could step in as I was not available that day.

Tim speaking with the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Happy New Years

I wanted to wrap up 2017 with this post thanking everyone that I worked with throughout the year. A lot of fantastic projects and new public art works were completed due to everyone coming together. It was a great year for me, and I look forward to working with everyone again, (hopefully) and to meeting new people.

Thanks to my work on the Great Art for Great Lakes project, I have been commissioned to install the Aqua Lauta at the Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell's New Year’s Levee at Hamilton City hall on the 1st from 12 noon till 2pm. Now if that isn't a good way to start off the year as an artist. Here's a link:

The Aqua Lauta - An interactive sculpture that through pedal and hand crank power can take Lake or river water and treat it to the level of being potable. Made of wood, copper, steel, and brass, the sculpture can make drinking water from a fresh water source. Link to more details on the sculpture -

Here is the install of the Aqua Lauta at City Hall:

close up of the one display panel

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Congratulations John


It was a real pleasure to have met you and gotten to know you. (even if it was just a little really) Until we meet, and hopefully, work together again.

John William's new participatory painting, Mookibii, installed at the Aamjiwnaang Community Centre.

Read here:

Monday, October 23, 2017

Invitation to the Art Gallery of Hamilton

It is my pleasure to announce that I have been invited by the Art Gallery of Hamilton's exhibition, Water Works opening in February 2018. Specifically, The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness will be installed at the entrance to the exhibit.

I now begin the process of modifying and preparing The Machine of Awesome (for short) specific to Hamilton. Tuning it and refining it, my programmer (Tim) and I have installed the piece in his lab. If you want to follow our progress as we rework the over 5000 LED's and the programming, follow campaign4awesome on instagram and look for #liquidblueness and #aghwater.

First things first - rip off all the LED's, inspect, insulate, solder, and re-install.

Rather than set up in my studio, we opted for Tim's lab. He's got all the electronics gear.

The brains of the sculpture removed.

Identifying LED's with issues.

Mark the LED's, and bring in the gear.

Tim surgically removing a single LED.

As the LED's are tightly spaced and small, most work is done through a magnifier.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Manitoulin Sculpture Unveiling

It was a great event celebrating the newly installed sculpture 'Stories of the Lake' by Julieanne Steedman. It is the 1st completed work within the Great Art for Great Lakes project.

Here is a link to CBC coverage:

Check it out!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great Art for Great Lakes and LabSpace

A very successful opening workshop for the Great Art for Great Lakes project at the Ontario Science Centre featuring artist LabSpace.

Video says it all. More to come for the month of August.