2011 Requiem for the Netmakers presented viewers with the centuries-old duel of Man v. Nature played out by Big Oil Gangsters, the Ocean and generations of people whose livelihoods depend on the sea.
¬ Commissioned by the American Jewish Museum
2009-11 Too Shallow for Diving: the Twenty-First Century is Treading Water presents aesthetic concepts, scientific findings and environmental issues as a catalyst for the viewing public to consider the future of water regionally and globally.
¬ An exhibition curated and community engagement organized for the American Jewish Museum with funding from the Buhl Foundation, Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
2002-3 Sight of Stillness: What Do You See When You Meditate? Over 750 people engaged in meditation through the creation of a film; a symposium at the Carnegie Science Center; weekly workshops; web site and documentary of the artist-activist process.
¬ Funded by Heinz Endowments’ Creative Heights Initiative in a residency at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
2002 Earth Breathing through its Elements is a duet between human breath and the elements. In a dual screen video the elements are personiﬁed by an African drummer as Earth, a Kundalini yogi as Fire, an aria singer as Air and a competitive swimmer as Water. The soundtrack is composed from sampled sounds of human breath, the body moving, and the environment.
¬ Co-authored with composer Eric Moe. Commissioned by First Night Pittsburgh with additional funding given by PA Partners in the Arts and University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Research.
2001 Urban Aquarium paired the movement of a martial artist with its counterpart in nature on multiple video screens. With this imagery and a Theremin soundtrack, the video aquarium gave viewers a meditative space in a city traffic tunnel.
¬ Collaborators: Ben Opie, composer; Cary Simons, chiropractor; and Karen Hyleman at Oom Yung Doe. Commissioned by First Night Pittsburgh.
1999 Community Forums Online was the first interactive web site for The Andy Warhol Museum. These online forums held discussions on Disney’s architecture ranging from Pop Culture to Urban Renewal, and in the process, shifting the museum’s approach to using the internet.
¬ Commissioned by The Andy Warhol Museum and sponsored by the Carnegie Library’s Electronic Information Network.
1996-7 End of the Line: Building Bridges with Pittsburgh’s Busways connected diverse groups of people through their common concerns. At workshops in city libraries, participants shared their old photos, and talked about the issues and history of their neighborhoods. Common themes were illustrated and displayed through bus advertising. The web site archive includes an interactive response log.
¬ Co-authored with artist/photographer Lisa Link. Funded by the NEA New Forms program. Co-sponsored by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon, the Carnegie Libraries, and Internet Services Corporation.
1996 Invisible Clock With photomontages and text from Einstein’s Dreams on park benches, this public art project explored the nature of passing time in a seaside neighborhood park.
¬ Collaborators: 89 native Helen Sinsabaugh and MIT scientist/author Alan Lightman. Commissioned by the City of Manhattan Beach, California.
1994 My Bread Tastes Sweeter to keep the streets clean like a table . . . is a billboard honoring the life of Mario Ezzo, a Depression era immigrant who swept the streets while on public assistance. Mario was a folk hero in his time and again as an emblem of contemporary efforts to revitalize an old steel town like Aliquippa.
¬ Co-authored with artist/photographer Lisa Link. Commissioned by Aliquippa Alliance for Unity and Development.
1992-3 Literacy Windows is a mural expressing the hopes and dreams of people grappling with the challenges of literacy. It is the first mural in Pittsburgh to be designed and printed digitally.
¬ Co-authored with artist/photographer Lisa Link. Commissioned by The Times Project. Funded by the Heinz Endowments.