2013, Performance/Video, 11mins
Miss Piggy speaks with Diane Sawyer about her new celebrity cause – Ecology, her chance encounters with earth goddesses – Sita, Loowit, and Gaia – from different mythological traditions, and their gift of a human-powered energy solution for the production her upcoming directorial debut – Escape from Taxidermy. This project was first performed at Montclair State University in 2013 as the culmination of a semester long art residency in the Physics Department (funded by the American Physics Association), where I collaborated with Prof. Ashwin Vaidya and his students to develop hand-crank and bicycle-powered solutions to provide energy for the making of the film.
24 hours of hand-cranking provided enough energy to record 1 minute worth of footage (using an iPod) for the trailer. The rest of the segments were recorded and edited off a battery that was powered using bicycles. It took 2-3 hours of biking to generate 8 hours of battery power.
Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ), 2013
Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA), 2014
Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), 2015
South Asia Studies Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2018