Engine Brain Box is a video short that address the relationship between the 'maker' and the 'made.' Referencing the utopian vision of post-WWII industrial America the self-constructing engine becomes a symbol of capital as author. The construct in-turn refracts upon and molds the constructor. This theme of mimesis is expounded upon by the media used to construct this piece through a progression from the direct, hand-drawn animation of the brain to the heavily manipulated computer-generated 3D model of an engine. Additionally, the sound of this video is generated by harmonizing electronic feedback, a process by which an amplifier emits a sound that is picked up by a microphone that in turn re-amplifies the same sound.
Growing up in Detroit, Michigan I have come to see the automobile engine as more than a utility for getting us from point A to point B. This complex machine of gears is an organism with a metabolism and independent destiny. The automobile engine represents a human, it represents a global economic system, it represents an inescapable closed circuit into which we have placed our faith.
Lazarus Machine ever reborn.
"Entropy Machine" is a stop-motion animation addressing the development of infrastructure as well as its demise. During the three minutes of the piece, a loose narrative unfolds in which a structure is imagined, built, and grown upon itself. As time passes the structure becomes less and less sustainable until its eventual collapse.