Design Inquiry’s Futurespective Exhibition Opens October 4 at MECA Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine

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The Futurespective Exhibition is “a series of installations that rethink the past in the present to point to the future.” The exhibition shows current work of those that have participated in Design Inquiry gatherings and have made work in responses to those experiences.

I had two projects featured in the show: The Experimentations of a Drawing Robot and Wind Drawing Transformations (see video montage below). The exhibition opened on October 4 at MECA Institute of Contemporary Art. The show is open through December 13, 2019.

Some background on the work:
In 2016, Rebecca Tegtmeyer and I presented our research of collaborative drawing robots that foster remote making in the physical space at Design Inquiry, Wildness Weirdness, August 7-13, Bamfield, British Columbia, Canada. During this gathering, Rebecca and I were interested in exploring how nature could act as a mediator in making.

I’m thankful for the experiences and opportunities that have emerged because of my participation with Design Inquiry gatherings. I participated in two Design Inquiries: Stations 2013 and Wildness Weirdness 2016.

The work above (on view in Futurespective) was an evolution of the work completed during the Wildness Weirdness gathering in 2016 to explore nature as a mediator for making. I continued this investigation on the island of Horn Island, MS, May 17-23, 2018 and thereafter as a series of 3D and 4D transformations.

An article from Design Observer about Design Inquiry’s Futurespective: https://designobserver.com/feature/designinquiry-futurespective/40117/

To learn more about the Futurespective Exhibition, click here: https://designinquiry.net/projects/futurespective/

To learn more about Design Inquiry, visit their website here: https://designinquiry.net/

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