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The Dreamer Comes to Life
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The Dreamer is alive. This illuminated sculpture summons the spirits of Albert Einstein and other free thinkers, speaking to us from across space and time. Their faces appear on an translucent mask through the magic of rear-projected video, which brings them to life as if they were right in front of you.

The Dreamer’s face keeps transforming, showing fleeting characters and images, evoking memories and ideas that can move us and transform our lives. My goal is to make us more aware of how characters like these can influence us and change the way we perceive the world around us.

I’ve been prototyping The Dreamer for a few months now, and this interactive art project is coming along really well. I started by projecting photos against blank party masks, then creating clay sculptures of flattened faces, vacuum-forming them, and rear-projecting videos of talking heads inside our new translucent plastic masks.

The effect is surreal, and this art piece seems to be breaking new ground. There are so many ways it can go now. Next steps include adding some interactivity, so you can query the spirits or spark different moods — as well as shooting and acquiring more talking head videos. We will present The Dreamer in a kiosk for art exhibits, as well as in the Time Machine we are building at Pataphysical Studios.

Watch the video of our first Einstein prototype:

See more photos of our first prototypes in this Dreamer album:

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Happy Birthday Natalina!
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Image by fabola
Our new friend Natalina just turned 13 — and we celebrated that rite of passage with her in our garden on a beautiful indian summer morning.

Natalina is the newest and most junior member of ‘Pataphysical Studios, our art collective. We call her Dr. Canard, because she has created hundreds of decorated decoy ducks and donated over ,000 from the proceeds to charity. With her help, we have built the ‘Pataphysical Slot Machine, which is on exhibit at the Mill Valley Library all through October 2015.

To honor our favorite teenage art maker, Phyllis made her an amazing greeting card that shows Natalina flying on the wings of a duck over the headlands of Marin County. And I gave her a copy of the I Ching, the Book of Changes, an ancient chinese divination text which we have been consulting for decades for guidance on important life decisions. We wished Natalina the courage to embrace change with serenity — hoping this book will help her find her path, as it has for us.

Follow your bliss, Natalina!

If you’re in the Bay Area this month, come see the slot machine! Our poetic oracle awaits you every weekend, to share words of wisdom about your life and future. The exhibit is open from 1 to 5pm every Saturday and Sunday in October 2015 in the downstairs conference room of the Mill Valley Library. Pataphysical Studio members will be on hand to demo the Slot Machine and share what they have learned while building this interactive art project.

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