Composing new series of poems for self-publishing.
Created new body of computer generated graphics and
new series of drawings in ink, colored pencil and water
color. Learned to to play didgeridoo and djembe drum.
Founding member of Dragonfly Creek Drum Circle
which evolved into Rhythm Village, an African dance
and drum ensemble. Designing web pages and making
ashiko hand drums for pocket change
1995-97 worked as computer technician and
assistant to author David Talbott during his making
of a video documentary about his work in comparative
mythology dealing with a revolutionary interpretation
of archaeo-astronomy entitled, "Remembering the
End of the World"
1991-94 Set up a computer bulletin board service
(BBS) dedicated to ongoing discussions of politics,
media and technology. Two page article "The List
of Recalibrations" published in Fad magazine. Joined
the Desert Site Works group and helped to plan a
number of collaborative projects in the Nevada Desert,
including the 1994 Burning Man Event. Published
article on Las Vegas Comdex computer convention
in Fad magazine. Worked with Central Signs crew to
assemble neon robot for a Mark Pauline, Survival
Research Labs performance.
1987-90 Began series of large hanging murals
painted upon rubber-backed canvas conveyor belt
material. Invited to write ongoing series of articles
about the arts and technology, video theory and
electronic music in Electronic Cottage Magazine,
Retrofuturism Magazine, and Ylem-- a journal for
artists using science and technology. Began
composing electronic music on computer keyboard
utilizing a variety of programs along with series of
pictorial compositions created with computer aided
1985-87 Represented by the Hatley-Martin Gallery,
San Francisco. Organized and participated
in a panel discussion on the potential for creating
a "San Francisco Renaissance" that included as
participants Claire Isaacs, Director of the S.F. Art
Commission, Fred Martin, Dean of Students at the
S.F. Art Institute, Kary Schulman, head of the S.F.
Fund for the Arts, Anne Walker, Trustee of the S.F.
Museum of Modern Art, Modesto Lanzone, S.F. art
patron, and myself. Formed and led improvisational
experimental music ensemble which evolved into a
performance group with vocalists, acoustic musicians,
slide projection and film projection.
1984 Began to write articles about media theory
and the potential of video technology as a carrier
of modern culture. Wrote and distributed
a number of tracts on the state of the arts locally,
the impact of technology on the arts, and the
necessity for artists to see themselves in the role
of creating renaissances. Helped organize the
InterDADA '84 event, a week long international
meeting of contemporary DADAists. Served as
translator for the patriarch of Neo-DADA, Guglielmo
1982-88 Began collecting old TV sets, detuned circuitry
and assembled them in large scale installation
arrays with screens treated in a variety of ways--
masks, gels and stencils. Began incorporating
steel conduit into site specific, temporary sculpture
pieces and mounting the tv screens into the
sculptures. These were installed at a variety of
events, performance spaces, galleries and dance
clubs (see installation list)
1975-82 Began ongoing project assembling
photo collages. Began the collection and
restoration of motor scooters. Met and hung
out with many young students, artists and punk
musicians. My scooter shop become a gathering
point for the youth sub-culture known as the "Mods".
1973-75 Attended City College filmmaking program
on G.I. Bill. Completed requirements for Associate in
1972 designed and constructed houseboat on
Napa St. pier in Sausalito, Ca. Developed interest
in filmmaking and began self-study on film history
and production techniques.
1968 enlisted in US Navy, trained as Hospital
Corpsman, Field Medic and Optician. 3 year tour of
duty at USMC. Supply Center, Barstow, Ca., as Base
Optician and Director of Eye and Hearing Safety
Program. Organized and maintained dispensary
1967 toured central Italy to study origins of
Renaissance painting. Particular attention paid to
visiting artist's birthplaces. Studied original works
in Florence, Perugia, Urbino, Arezzo, Sienna, Rome,
Pisa, and Venice and marble quarrys at Carrara.
1964-66 2 years US Peace Corps service in
Columbia, South America. 1st development
program for export of native handicrafts.
Areas of Expertise
Media Theory, Art, Experimental Music, VW Repair, Drum Making, Futurology, History, Poetry (writing/readings)
An idea worth spreading
4 Ideas worth spreading:
1. We need to upgrade our capacity to handle simultaneous data streams. The world is complex and we don't have the cognitive skills to handle it. Any avenue of investigation on the creation of human genius needs to be aggressively engaged and examined.
2. One day humans will computer game themselves to higher university degrees from the comfort of their own media centers. Brick and mortar learning institutions are a thing of the past.
3. Comet and meteor impacts on Earth are far more common than admitted. 10k years ago a near extinction event (Younger Dryas Event) nearly wiped out all life on North America. We exist in a cosmic shooting gallery. No idea will bring the nations closer together than an awareness and programmatic defense against impacting Near Earth Objects.
4. Read your Marshal McLuhan
I'm passionate about
Increasing human I.Q., total field efficiencies, Nikola Tesla, scientific method divorced from ideology,
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My TED story
Came hear after investigating the autistic savant Temple Grandin and watching a YouTube video of her speaking before a packed TED house.