The Machine of Awesome @ the Hamilton Art Gallery 2018

It is my pleasure to announce that I have been invited to be a part of the Art Gallery of Hamilton's exhibition, Water Works opening in February 11th 3-5pm until May 27th, 2018.

Link to AGH Water Works Exhibition:
https://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com/exhibition/water-works/
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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
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The Opening

The opening was excellent at the AGH for the Water Works Exhibition and was well attended. The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness saw lots of action with good discussion. The fact that most participants failed to get their drinking water on the 1st try was a prime point discussed leading to thoughts on access and control of fresh water.

They brought their water,  but fantastic looking custom bottles are available at the shop for only $10. 

People gathered to watch, and to wait their turn to try and get drinking water.
Limited Edition Water Bottles. Get them while they last.

 Some great short videos of The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness:









I'm a part of a panel discussion happening May 10th at the AGH.
Info here: https://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com/program/water-works-artist-panel-discussion/
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The Install

Completely re-formulated for the Water Works exhibit the AGH, the Machine now features full video in idle mode (no bottle inserted), with a total of 2 sequences. It takes several minutes to view them all.

The trivia style questions as seen in Vancouver have been removed, and the Machine now collects and records participants answers to 4 fresh water questions - I'm not telling you what the questions are, but there are no wrong answer. However, there are still 2 game challenges to complete in order to receive your 400ml of fresh water. Fail at the games, no water water for you. Help from friends always encouraged.

The soundscape for the Machine has also been changed and now features sound I recorded at the Hamilton Treatment plant.

Here is a short video from shortly after Tim and I completed the install. Thank you to Greg and staff at the AGH for the great prep work.



Machine creates to much back light for camera. 5600 Led's will do that.
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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.

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