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The Way Out

I am conducting research for my thesis, which is in three parts.
(1) THE SCULPTURE. A pair of euphoria/dysphoria pods (light & sound environments) that you can enter.
(2) THE BOOK. A satirical handbook for utopic living on the moon: The Way Out: A Manual for Lunar Living. It will include photographs (including some photos of previous works as spaces for inhabiting), text, and watercolor embellishment.
(3) THE RESEARCH. Sensory deprivation and the its use to induce bliss (as in isolation tanks at spas) and its use in torture (primarily coming out of Cold War hysteria).

THE SCULPTURE

podsMy starting point is a shape inspired by Taybor’s space ship from the Gerry Anderson produced Space:1999. The point at the top points to the out there. The viewer/participant would walk down into each space from a side door and there will be circular seating as below (imagine this stripped of its house-ness).

seatingThe path in my sketch symbolizes the fact I need a path but does not represent what it will look like (to be resolved). I will be working with google sketch up on some basic designs.The Euphoria/Dysphoria pods will be modular such as the shelter below, designed by Broissin Architects in Tepotzotlan, Mexico.

nano_houseLighting for the euphoria pod may be kaleidescopic; I am also entertaining the idea of a nearly blinding bright blue light with the floor a textured green (pointing to the blue sky and grass). Dysphoria will be pitch black. In each case there will be sound design. For dysphoria: sickeningly low frequencies that make your bowels itch. For euphoria, probably a combination of organ, flute, and bells, long tones, lots of layering and reverb.

THE BOOK

As mentioned, The Way Out: A Manual for Lunar Living will be satirical–I am influenced by Walker Percy’s mock book Lost in the Cosmos, “the last self-help book.” I’ll be taking some ideas of The Whole Earth Catalog, The Modern Utopian (below), new age and self-help books and shooting them onto the moon (which will be more hospitable to humans as we destroy Earth).

the_modern_utopianFor an idea of what my book will look like (the mashup of image and text), click on the link to Nautofon 1. Nautofon is an artist collective based in Sweden. I am a fan of their publications which look at the ‘mist’ of the unknowable between science and the mystical.
NautofoncoverTHE RESEARCH
Sensory deprivation is a topic that interests me, and provides an easy framework to discuss euphoria/dysphoria as it has been used to induce both. I plan to look at the tragic life of John P. Zubek, a psychologist who conducted experiments in the 50s and 60s at the University of Manitoba (more to come). Going into a floatation tank myself is my primary research and I would like to build up to an overnight session.
sensory_deproALSO…
My work was published in Make8elieve’s Issue #4: OCD. Check it out.

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make8elieve issue #4: OCD

Red & Yellow LightsThe Happy Box was featured in issue #4 of the online artist publication make8elieve (pg 124-125). Click here to view. Make8elieve is a collaborative project between two artists: Michelle Marie Murphy (Ohio) and Baptiste Lefebvre (a.k.a. Cetusss) (Switzerland). More about make8elieve here.

Your Sanitation: Full Video

Here is the full video from the In Loo exhibition, on display at CCAD this Friday May 10th, 7-10 pm, Design Studios on Broad building, 390 E Broad. Convenient parking at the corner of Broad and Cleveland in Columbus, Ohio. Facebook event page is here if you are into that sort of thing.

Muzak for the eyes and ears in three movements.

I. Douche Pastorale
II. In the Trenches
III. A Day at the Fair

Your Sanitation from Lexie Stoia on Vimeo.

In Loo Teaser: Your Sanitation

In Loo: An exhibition in the bathroom(s). Opening reception is Tuesday April 23rd at 7:30 pm. More information here.
My installation (Your Sanitation) includes affected lights, security cameras, and a video installation in three movements. The video is muzak chicken soup for the eyes and ears. Take a look below for a teaser video.

I. Douche Pastorale
II. In the Trenches
III. A Day at the Fair

bathroom01 bathroom02 bathroom03

In Loo Teaser from Lexie Stoia on Vimeo.

In Close Proximity (Yikes)

It doesn’t take much effort to make some LEDs blink with an arduino microprocessor. I think they teach kindergarteners how to do this now. I recommend the book Getting Started with Arduino by Massimo Banzi, instructables, and Hack n Mod. Microcenter, Sparkfun, and Adafruit are all good sources for supplies.
arduino_for_webI will be using arduino to control the pulsating lights & humming sound for The Magic Mountain. A couple infrared sensors will be respond to motion. If the viewer gets too close to The Magic Mountain it will begin to malfunction; even closer and the whole thing shuts off completely.

Here’s a low-quality video I made using arduino uno, an IR emitter and detector and these easy instructions. Intercepting the IR detection triggers the LED to switch.

Arduino IR Emitter & Detector from Lexie Stoia on Vimeo.

p.s. imovie is terrible