Screen Between exhibition at South Bend Museum of Art
Screen Between exhibition at South Bend Museum of Art

See the exhibition catalogue, with essay by Professor Tiffany Johnson-Bidler, here!

LVL_UP! interactive installation
LVL_UP! interactive installation

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

Conveyor Belt for LVLUP!
Conveyor Belt for LVLUP!

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.

Detail, LVLUP! conveyor belt
Detail, LVLUP! conveyor belt

Wheels were cut and carved using a CNC router, painted with spray enamel.

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Detail of gems made by participants in LVLUP!
Detail of gems made by participants in LVLUP!
LVLUP! Title Screen
LVLUP! Title Screen

Machine- and hand-stitched quilt. 2016.

detail of LVLUP! Title Screen
detail of LVLUP! Title Screen

Machine- and hand-stitched quilt.

Installation view, Screen Between
Installation view, Screen Between

(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.

Choose Your Own Adventure interactive video-game
Choose Your Own Adventure interactive video-game

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.

Kryzzik is waiting for you to Choose Your Own Adventure
Kryzzik is waiting for you to Choose Your Own Adventure
Detail, power rock game controller
Detail, power rock game controller

Polyurethane foam, epoxy putty, old school joystick button, electronics on a quilted game board.

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You are in a Maze of Twisty Little Passages Title Screen (Zork)
You are in a Maze of Twisty Little Passages Title Screen (Zork)

Hand- and machine-stitch quilt. 2015.

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Detail, You are in a Maze...
Detail, You are in a Maze...

Hand- and machine-stitched quilt.

Installation view, Screen Between
Installation view, Screen Between
Hidden Location I & II
Hidden Location I & II

Digital prints on birch plywood.  20 inches x 20 inches, 2016.

Installation view, Screen Between
Installation view, Screen Between

(front, left and right) Otherkin: Goblinkin and Otherkin:Gnomekin (back) This is a Wondrous Item.  

Otherkin:  Gnomekin
Otherkin: Gnomekin

Papercraft sculpture filled with polyurethane foam, covered with epoxy putty and screenprint on paper (paper maiche-style), coated again with epoxy resin.  2016.

Friends of Otherkin!
Friends of Otherkin!

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. 

After Ours are friends of Otherkin!
After Ours are friends of Otherkin!

Check out more about the band After Ours!

This is a Wondrous Item
This is a Wondrous Item

Machine-stiched quilt. 2015.

Family Day event at South Bend Museum of Art!
Family Day event at South Bend Museum of Art!

On Sunday, April 3rd over 50 kids participated in my LVLUP! interactive installation!

LVLUP! at Family Day event, South Bend Museum of Art

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.

Screen Between exhibition at South Bend Museum of Art
LVL_UP! interactive installation
Conveyor Belt for LVLUP!
Detail, LVLUP! conveyor belt
sb_5.jpg
sb_6.jpg
Detail of gems made by participants in LVLUP!
LVLUP! Title Screen
detail of LVLUP! Title Screen
Installation view, Screen Between
Choose Your Own Adventure interactive video-game
Kryzzik is waiting for you to Choose Your Own Adventure
Detail, power rock game controller
sb_10.jpg
You are in a Maze of Twisty Little Passages Title Screen (Zork)
sb_16.jpg
Detail, You are in a Maze...
Installation view, Screen Between
Hidden Location I & II
Installation view, Screen Between
Otherkin:  Gnomekin
Friends of Otherkin!
After Ours are friends of Otherkin!
This is a Wondrous Item
Family Day event at South Bend Museum of Art!
LVLUP! at Family Day event, South Bend Museum of Art
Screen Between exhibition at South Bend Museum of Art

See the exhibition catalogue, with essay by Professor Tiffany Johnson-Bidler, here!

LVL_UP! interactive installation

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

Conveyor Belt for LVLUP!

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.

Detail, LVLUP! conveyor belt

Wheels were cut and carved using a CNC router, painted with spray enamel.

Detail of gems made by participants in LVLUP!
LVLUP! Title Screen

Machine- and hand-stitched quilt. 2016.

detail of LVLUP! Title Screen

Machine- and hand-stitched quilt.

Installation view, Screen Between

(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.

Choose Your Own Adventure interactive video-game

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.

Kryzzik is waiting for you to Choose Your Own Adventure
Detail, power rock game controller

Polyurethane foam, epoxy putty, old school joystick button, electronics on a quilted game board.

You are in a Maze of Twisty Little Passages Title Screen (Zork)

Hand- and machine-stitch quilt. 2015.

Detail, You are in a Maze...

Hand- and machine-stitched quilt.

Installation view, Screen Between
Hidden Location I & II

Digital prints on birch plywood.  20 inches x 20 inches, 2016.

Installation view, Screen Between

(front, left and right) Otherkin: Goblinkin and Otherkin:Gnomekin (back) This is a Wondrous Item.  

Otherkin: Gnomekin

Papercraft sculpture filled with polyurethane foam, covered with epoxy putty and screenprint on paper (paper maiche-style), coated again with epoxy resin.  2016.

Friends of Otherkin!

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. 

After Ours are friends of Otherkin!

Check out more about the band After Ours!

This is a Wondrous Item

Machine-stiched quilt. 2015.

Family Day event at South Bend Museum of Art!

On Sunday, April 3rd over 50 kids participated in my LVLUP! interactive installation!

LVLUP! at Family Day event, South Bend Museum of Art

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.

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