See the exhibition catalogue, with essay by Professor Tiffany Johnson-Bidler, here!
The interactive installation LVLUP! reinterprets farming into a physical, public space. Players can “farm” papercraft gems through the repetitive process of cutting, folding, gluing, and/or decorating small gem sculptures. Gems are continually added to gem piles by sending them down the conveyor belt; players are contingent in the process of making the art installation. In their contribution to the art piece, and in our collaborative labor, we earn +1 spirit, +1 stamina, +1 intelligence, and +1 strength!
An added bonus level to LVLUP! entails an online broadcast of farming sessions on the e-sports site twitch.tv. Twitch.tv is an online streaming platform geared towards the gaming community. Viewers can watch broadcasters playing a bevy of videogames of different styles (first person shooter, role playing games, etc.). Over the course of the exhibition, I’ll be streaming live broadcasts and chatting with viewers while I farm gems for the LVLUP! installation: twitch.tv/lilhoef
Handmade wooden conveyor frame, quilted fabric belt, CNC-routed wheels, knitted handle "cozies," wooden slide, braided carpet, paper craft gems fabricated by participants and Krista. 2016.
Wheels were cut and carved using a CNC router, painted with spray enamel.
Machine- and hand-stitched quilt. 2016.
Machine- and hand-stitched quilt.
(left) You Are In A Maze Title Screen (Zork). Hand- and machine-stitched quilt. 2015. (right) Choose Your Own Adventure interactive video-game. Quilted game board, handmade rock-game-controllers, electronics & projector. 2016.
Participants can choose an adventure for my goblin mage Kryzzik on the Emerald Dream server, World of Warcraft. Choices include a fishing expedition, flying across the continent of Azeroth, cooking on Thanksgiving Day in 2014, talking to various NPCs, and attempting a dungeon raid solo.
Polyurethane foam, epoxy putty, old school joystick button, electronics on a quilted game board.
Hand- and machine-stitch quilt. 2015.
Hand- and machine-stitched quilt.
Digital prints on birch plywood. 20 inches x 20 inches, 2016.
(front, left and right) Otherkin: Goblinkin and Otherkin:Gnomekin (back) This is a Wondrous Item.
Papercraft sculpture filled with polyurethane foam, covered with epoxy putty and screenprint on paper (paper maiche-style), coated again with epoxy resin. 2016.
Over the course of the exhibition, many gallery-goers have taken their photo with Kryzzik and Niselle, also known as Otherkin: Goblinkin and Otherkin: Gnomekin. Sculptures fabricated as papercraft, filled with an expanding foam, and covered/textured with epoxy putty. Painted with acrylic.
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Machine-stiched quilt. 2015.
On Sunday, April 3rd over 50 kids participated in my LVLUP! interactive installation!
As a part of my exhibition Screen Between, over 50 kids came to the South Bend Museum of Art and participated in my LVLUP! installation! Here's one of the many participants who LVLed UP! by decorating a paper craft gem, sending it down the conveyor belt, and contributing to the art installation.