above, at the Mobius Gallery showing interactive Imaging New England
CD projected onto wall. Posters & maps mounted on foam board attached
Photo by Craig Freeman.
CD Available by Request
Sample audio here, WAV file >>
A Project for Imaging New England
From September 2000 until April 2001 I worked on a series of montages
and digital audio interviews called ".k12". I created the
series as part of a collaborative exhibition called "Imaging New
England" along with two colleagues, John Craig Freeman & Margaret
Wagner. The exhibit opened in April of 2001 at the Mobius Gallery in
Boston, MA. A main component of this exhibit is an interactive CD with
digital video, photography, and audio of all three artists. The exhibition
was part of the 2001 Boston Cyberarts Festival. In October 2001, the
exhibit traveled to the Lincoln Gallery, Beaver Country Day School,
in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts where we gave a presentation to the students.
my part in this exhibit, I focused on issues of equity in public education.
As a former educator of over seven years in urban school systems and
a parent of young children, I have a special interest in the political
and economic debates surrounding public education. I am continually
amazed at the lack of funding for basic functions in public schools.
Lately, I have been furious over the rhetoric and millions poured into
private testing companies without adequate resources going to the classrooms.
For ".k12", I interviewed politicians, teachers, and students
about their perceptions of critical issues facing urban school systems.
The audio portions of these interviews are integrated into the "Imaging
New England" interactive CD. I also chose 12 quotes and transformed
them into 16 x 20" posters for the exhibit. Low resolution small-scale
files of some of these posters link from the thumbnails on this page.
I digitized the interviews and pulled what I thought were the most relevant
Press Release: April 2001
New England" is an interdisciplinary collaborative research initiative,
conducted across institutions and over distances. It uses new technology
to bring disparate bodies of knowledge together through the investigation
of place. Our method attempts to bridge the gaps between esoteric understanding,
which has developed as a result of ridged industrial specialization,
and more experiential interactions.
The method we used in creating this work began with organizational meetings
to identify a site or place of investigation. Ultimately, we each developed
ideas pertaining to this site and combined the results for this installation.
The sites include the greater Boston area and the Merrimack Valley.
This exhibit will take on many forms, including interactive virtual
reality, photographic installation, video and sculptural elements. This
exhibition is happening in conjunction with the Boston Cyberarts Festival.
The artists currently involved in this collaboration are John Craig
Freeman, Lisa Link, and Margaret Wagner. All three artists have worked
with the issues and politics of place before in their own work. John
Craig Freeman is currently an assistant professor at the University
of Massachusetts, Lowell, Lisa Link is an independent artist, and Margaret
Wagner is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts,