- There will be a screening of Leviathans at The Science Museum in Dublin later in January 2011 as part of SymbioticA's 10th anniversary exhibition.
- Presenting at "Art as a Way of Knowing" at the Exploratorium here in San Francisco (March 3-4, 2011)
- Participating in "Creative Ecologies Gathering" at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin (February 22-March 6, 2011)
- I will be showing some models, excreta and other non living derelictae at an exhibition of USF faculty work at The Thatcher Gallery on the school's campus (March 6-April 19, 2011)
- In the near future this website will go through a major renovation and will be updated from its Jurassic roots. This will incorporate the things going on at CRITTER in a smoother way, video embeds, have better navigation tools and more diverse functions. There will also be a dedicated site specifically for The Machine in the Garden arriving soon.
A nice article in Time Magazine about my research on fungal architecture.
Front page of the fall dining section in the NY Times! "Chef Phil Ross"
Fungus-plastic composite. 12"x8"x8"
One of the great pleasures about making interdisciplinary artwork is meeting people from so many different backgrounds and professions. I am often in conversation with folks involved in science, education, music, food, the environment and technology. So… I started a salon series called CRITTER as a way to further expand some of the interesting things going on between these worlds.
CRITTER presents talks, classes, workshops and events as a way to crawl around in this vital space.
Enormous Microscopic Evening at CRITTER
Machine in the Garden
The Machine In The Garden is a permanent outdoor installation and classroom for the Oxbow School in Napa, California. This project was created in collaboration with Marina McDougall and inspired by the Leo Marx book of the same title.
The garden’s elements reflect a conflict that has profoundly shaped the history of the American landscape and how we see it—the struggle between an industrialized environment and a bucolic, arcadian, countryside. Machine in the Garden takes the form of a folly and employs the narrative elements of the pastoral genre—idyll, rupture, and resolve.
You can see how the machine was installed here.
Leviathans is a video composed from images I made of the slime-mold Physarum polycephalum, a very interesting organism for a number of reasons. The slime-mold, though diminutive in size, is able to travel relatively large distances in a short period of time while searching for food. This is due in great part to the way its body pulses and moves, which can be imagined as a harmonically rippling jellyfish like thing, propelling itself along on the oscillating waves of its own body. In moving, the organism's body computes the physical world, and resolves analog problems in a way that is incomplete and messy while also being highly efficient and fast. It is kind of skanky looking on a larger scale, but when seen up close with good lightiing its patterns and movements are mesmerizing and otherworldly.There are a broad range of people doing research on this organism, including those interested in evolution and developmental biology as well as programmers, scientists and technologists in artificial intelligence.
This is the first of three videos I am making about life in laboratory cultures.
BioTechnique has a ninety six page, full color catalog with the following essays:
NOTES ON NAMING LIFE-- George Gessert
MYTHIC BIO-TECHNE IN CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY: DESIRE, HOPE AND DREAD-- Adrienne Mayor
BIOTEKNECRONOMICON-- Phiip Ross
THE WORK OF ART AS LIFE-- Pamella M. Lee
If you would like to purchase a copy I am selling them for $12 each plus packing and shipping.
It can also be purchased at PRINTED MATTER in New York City.