I would like to get more information and impressions about the following art projects I enjoyed immensely:
#1) I can not adequately describe this project but will try: a 15 foot high plate steel sculpture, carved with welders tools, with various arms and other projections. Inside is a small gas turbine jet engine which powers flames out the top and through the arm projections. There are many high pressure air valves controlled by computer. Also controlled by computer are various nozzles to inject chemicals into the jet turbine exhaust at various points to produce multi-colored flames. The sound is deafening up close and can be heard from a mile away. It is not pure sound of a jet engine, but a pulsing stacatto sound driven by turning high pressure air and flamable liqued injection valves on and off. What you see is a steel sculpture with intense flames and sound pouring out in a ever-changing pattern, musical in its quality. At one point it looks like the thing goes haywire and flamable liqued pours onto the desert floor and catches fire.
#2) In the desert stood a teacher's podium. In front of the podium were arrayed 10 students benches. I came upon this installation at night so it was quiet and dark and I was the only one looking at it. On the teacher's podium was a large TV. The student benches were filled with small TVs facing the large TV. A continuous video loop was playing of Scrooge McDuck, reveling in a large pile of gold, talking about all the things he was going to do for himself with this large amount of money. The McDuck kids were jumping with joy as well in an orgy of greed. This video was also playing on the small TVs, the large TV teaching the small TVs.
#3) a video camera and video projection system that turned my live image into an impressionistic painting. Then as I flapped my arms I became covered with feathers, then my whole body became built out of rotating gears.
#4) Mona Lisa -- A 6 foot high pole with a single row of RGB LED's
representing one scan line of a video output. An image of the Mona Lisa is output to the pole one scan line at a time. I didn't see anything except white until I turned my head. The motion of my eyes across the pole paints a picture of the Mona Lisa on back of my eyes very briefly. When I first approached the project I thought I might be hallucinating the subliminal image of the Mona Lisa.
I described the 10 ft by 6 ft wall of closely packed RGB LEDs and found it was done by Irrational Geographic and took 60kw of power! I learned this on the dorkbot list.
So far the resources I have found for starting my own project begin at http://dorkbot.org/
"People doing strange things with electricity," http://www.laughingsquid.org/squidlist
"Underground Art and Culture from San Francisco and Beyond," http://qbox.org/
"Awww...It's a machine shop!," and http://www.makingthings.com
"designs and develops modular electronic and computational system components for artists, educators, engineers, hobbyists and design professionals"
I would appreciate any more info!