Instances of the next system in the flesh

DIGITAL, GRAPHIC, AND LITERARY AMPLIFICATION OF PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL PROJECTS

MISSION

Since 2011, Delta_Ark has tracked and amplified the rise of progressive groups in the United States that work on fair housing and ecological advocacy.

CLIENTS

Delta_Ark has created installations on behalf of Occupy Providence, Building #13 Squat, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Biome Arts, Wetland, and Swale.

DATA MINING

Delta_Ark interviews members of these groups and scrapes their social data, remixing this information into poetic prose that is displayed alongside a custom-built animated logo. 

SIGNS

These site-situated literature-heavy logos inform outsiders about the group’s values while also providing a description of what it is like to engage with its social and political practices.

R&D

Delta_Ark is exploring several new technologies (webAR, lidar-scanning and machine learning) for new projects on 21st century sovereignty (migration, regeneration villages and crypto nations).

SOCIALS

You can join Delta_Ark’s active digital community and support network here. You can follow Delta_Ark via twitter, instagram and github; on those sites, you’ll see many of Delta_Ark’s current experiments.

A HIGHLY SKILLED TEAM OF HACKERS, ARTISTS, AND WRITERS

El Kalinov (Founder, Creative Director): El graduated from Brown with an MFA in Digital Literature, was an Eyebeam-Buzzfeed Fellow in SF and practices a semiotic mercerenary lifestyle.

Petrus (Studio Manager, Writer/Editor): Petrus graduated with an MFA in Poetry from Brown, and is currently writing a novel about a brothel on Mars.

Milan KS (Artist, UXUI Designer): Milan graduated from the NYU Game Center and currently produces games about the nature of thought.

Xiaohan (Graphics Developer): Han was a developer for a variety of Bay Area tech companies and currently is creating software for distributed collaboration.

William (Data Scientist): Will works for Stamen Labs in San Francisco focusing on environmental and ecological data and machine learning.

Son Kit (Experience Consultant, Community Manager): Kit is getting their graphic design MFA at RISD, and is developing the canon of Korean-American Science-Fiction.

Seeking:

-Marketer/Publicist

-Producer/Operations

Archive of the ecological future

A DATA GATHERING PERFORMANCE CENTER FOR MARY MATTINGLY’S FLOATING FOOD FOREST

A FLOATING FOOD FOREST AND DIY AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL

Mary Mattingly's Swale is a floating food forest built atop a barge that travels to piers in New York City, offering educational programming and welcoming visitors to harvest herbs, fruits and vegetables for free. In the summer of 2014, Delta_Ark and Biome Arts co-organized a large scale collaborative project: a month-long symposium on ecology, technology and autonomy that culminated in the construction of the Green House Theater, a networked, data-gathering structure on Swale. This structure served as a performance space, activist meeting hall, gallery, physical dashboard for environmental and agricultural data from the farm, as well as a platform for other artworks. Many other artists participated, including Sally BozzutoDavid KimChihao YoAdam FrezzaTerri ChiaoBrian House, Nupur Mathur, Hyojin Yoo and Ayodamola Okunseinde.

SENSOR NETWORK => PROJECTED ARCHIVE => PERFORMANCES

Inside the Greenhouse Theater, Delta_Ark and Biome arts build the primary installation: The Archive of the Ecological Future. The A.E.F. is a hub for information about Swale, Biome Arts and the organizations that have participated in Swale. The Archive has two primary sections. The Data Section contains a record of all data gathered at Swale during the summer of 2016; e.g., wind speed, wind direction, location, soil moisture, etc. The Entry section contains (a.) an organization, (b.) paired with a plant on swale and (c.) a poetic text clipped from the website of that organization. Throughout the month-long symposium, the archive was available online and also on site, when it was projected into a column of hanging fabric within The Greenhouse Theater. Participating artists used the archive as a jumping off point for the construction of their own works.

light atlas

PROJECTIONS AGAINST UNFAIR EVICTIONS AND DISPLACEMENT IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE ANTI EVICTION MAPPING PROJECT

A COLLABORATIVE POEM BETWEEN THE EVICTED AND BOTS

The Light Atlas is a 40-stanza light-projected poem about the Bay Area, detailing the takeover of the technology industry, its impact on housing as well as present and future displacement resistance. The Light Atlas is composed of remixed fragments of twitter, testimonies of eviction collected by the Anti Eviction Mapping Project, excerpts of books, collaborations with bots, observations from protests and speculative narrative. The full text can be read here.

DATA UNIONS, MEDIA LABS, AND DIGITAL ART STUDIOS

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a multi-part citizen-driven data project that collects information about evictions in San Francisco. This data is used by community groups to lobby city hall and plan actions against no-fault evictions and gentrification. While in residence as Eyebeam's Fellow at the Buzzfeed Open Lab for Journalism, Technology and the Arts and then later on at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, in collaboration with AEMP, Delta_Ark created “The Light Atlas."

Islands, accidents

PROJECTIONS FOR MARY MATTINGLY’S ECOLOGICAL TEST SITE AND FLOATING SCULPTURE

A PRE-APOCALYPTIC SKILLSHARE TEST SITE

Mary Mattingly’s Wet Land aimed at confronting operations in a future where networks suffer under ecological, physical and political collapse; during the summer of '14, the sculpture and living space played host to a variety of workshops dedicated to enhancing public knowledge around community activism, ecology and sustainable technology.

A POST-APOCALYPTIC VISION OF A FLOODED WORLD

Fulfilling the role of establishing both context and text, Delta_Ark’s installation cycled between a detailed schedule of the events active during attendance at the project and a litany of undeniable and resilient objects that the vessel putatively encountered during its voyage through a flooded future world.

Dream Catcher

PROJECTIONS ON BEHALF OF SQUATTER’S RIGHTS AND STORIES IN THE LARGEST FACTORY BUILDING IN PROVIDENCE

A FACTORY FOR ARTS AND COLLECTIVE LIVING

Building #13 was a semi-legal multiple collective live-work and performance space in Olneyville, Rhode Island. It was housed in 36 Manton Avenue, one of the largest industrial buildings in the state. In 2013, the residents were evicted and the Olneyville Housing Corporation acquired the building. These collective live-work spaces played an important role in cultural regeneration of the city as well as preserving the buildings against further decay. This role was under-recognized by the political and economic forces of the city. Delta_Ark tried to bring attention to that role through the construction of several installations.

(RE)REPURPOSING SPACE AND TESTIMONY INTO TEXTS

For the first installation, Delta_Ark took over a room and converted it into a projection space; a projection was created for the glass facing the street that spoke to the current state of the building. For the second installation, the former occupants were interviewed about their time in the building and their interviews were distilled into short texts that were wrapped into a network diagram and projected in the nearby area. For the final installation, Delta_Ark kept a record of explorations of similar spaces throughout Providence. This record was distilled to short texts that were projected throughout the city.

Core

MAPPING AND PROJECTING THE SOLARPUNK & SOLIDARITY ECONOMY MOVEMENTS

A DEEP DIVE INTO THE CONTEMPORARY UTOPIAN FRINGE

In the summer of 2014, Delta_Ark and Biome Arts co-organized a large scale collaborative project: a two-week symposium on ecology, technology and autonomy that culminated in the construction of a networked, semi-autonomous structure in the woods of Delhi, New York. This structure served as a performance space, international activist meeting hall, gallery and platform for other artworks. Eleven artists participated, Sally BozzutoDavid KimChihao YoAdam FrezzaTerri ChiaoGene KoganJonathan SimsBrian House, Isabelle Fortier, and Anne Goldenberg. The artists gathered for two weeks to do collective research and mapping of both (a.) the solarpunk science fiction movement, a movement that renders a utopian future with local ecological control, cooperative ownership and decentralized governance and (b.) the solidarity economy, a political and economic movement that seeks to actualize these ends.

A BIO-DIGITAL CONVERSATION MACHINE

Situated within Forest Pavilion is Delta_Ark's collaborative installation with Biome Arts, The Core. The Core was a conversation machine that was also simultaneously an interspecies feedback loop and space for discourse. The digital component of Core is an interactive mind-map editable by anyone in the world with internet access 50.18.115.212/iameetinghouse. Also accessible within The Core via four computer terminals, the mind-map evolves as participants discuss, rearrange, and add new topics along an axial coordinate system. The mind-map was also projected on to a multi-layered column of sheer fabric at the center of The Core. The biological elements of The Core include cultivated Vanessa cardui butterflies. These insects are drawn to light of the projected mind-map, shifting the attention of participants and thus the flow of conversation.

beacon

A PROJECTION-BASED TACTICAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR OCCUPY WALL STREET

THE NECESSITY AND COMPLEXITY OF THE OCCUPATION

Delta_Ark developed The Beacon as a three-part installation for Occupy Wall Street. During Delta_Ark’s residency at Occupy Providence, Delta_Ark noticed that passers-by continued to remark that they did not understand the protestor’s intentions. Because the intensions were so numerous, yet important and interlinking, Delta_Ark decided to build a system that allowed protestors to broadcast to the surrounding area. The second image, provided as context, is The Declaration of the Occupation of NYC, another graphic that explores the interconnections of the ills of the neo-liberal system of political and economic management. The Beacon allowed these ills to be communicated through the protestor’s narratives.

A ROLLING CRISIS CAPTURED IN LIGHT

During the republican national primary in New Hampshire, Delta_Ark set up a tent, interviewed protesters about why they were occupying and these reasons were then projected onto the tent's exterior. #TheBeacon was one of the top trending tags at the event. Afterward, the Beacon also went on 'missions' to different sites in Providence to convey more nuanced aspects of the occupation. The long text about the dissolution of Occupy Providence was projected on the tent's exterior and is captured in total in the third video. Finally, the Beacon traveled to Europe to participate in the protests surrounding the sovereign debt crisis.