Video: Complex Movements - Beware of the Dandelions

Beware of the Dandelions is a mobile art installation that functions as a performance, workshop space, and visual arts exhibition. The piece is created from the intersection of disciplines including: community organizing, design, hip-hop and electronic music, architecture, and theater. The experience occurs inside a 400 square foot polyhedron dome-like pod structure. The performance and generative design are projected onto the surface of the pod to create an immersive visual and sound experience that incorporates science-fiction, projections, songs, and interactive game elements.

Beware of The Dandelions has been presented at On The Boards (Seattle), Southern Methodist University (Dallas), Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History (Detroit), and Talking Dolls (Detroit).

Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artist collective developing interactive performance work that illuminates connections between complex science and social justice movements to support the transformation of communities.

Role: Artist / Designer / Technical Director

Responsibilities:

  • Building a multi-node media system capable of 4 channel video, 10 channel audio, DMX lighting control, and depth-based crowd tracking, built upon an ecosystem of software platforms including TouchDesigner, Unity, Ableton Live, and Max. This system performed flawlessly in 74 shows and for hundreds of hours as a turnkey stand-alone installation.

  • Designing and fabricating the physical installation environment in collaboration with Wesley Taylor and architect Aaron Jones.

  • Creating virtual reality software for prototyping, pre-visualizing, and testing concepts and media without needing to build the full pod.

  • Co-writing narrative experience along with character sketches and world building documents.

  • Co-creating visual content using Cinema 4D, Maya, Unity, TouchDesigner, and Adobe Creative Cloud in collaboration with Wesley Taylor.

  • Facilitating translocal movement building through organizing and sharing community narratives.

Date: 2013 - 2017