working artists



Ben Chang
Mary Lucking
Silvia Ruzanka
Andrew Sempere
Dmitry Strakovsky

project proposal
biography | artist statement | project proposal

In the grey space between utopia and dystopia we who are jackals live on the edges. Opportunistic omnivores are unavoidably circling your city! There have always been jackals, there always will be jackals. We are the ones who put your tech to use, the ones who recycle the glut and make it useful in aesthetic glory. The technology is neither servant nor master, but merely our raw material, to gnaw, rework, shape and build.

We propose to use what we can to build what we can. We bring what we need to survive, including laptops and soldering irons, glue guns and copper foil, but little else.

As a group, we are trained and experienced in assembly and manufacturing process ranging from bronze casting to software engineering, printmaking to welding, web coding to rhetoric. We are capable of sculpting, reverse engineering, painting, programming, wiring, re-wiring, and deconstructing (literally and figuratively) whatever it is that we can find. "The piece" may or may not include custom electronics, reworked commercial electronics, any manner of computer and/or coding and combinations. The outcome depends on how fruitful we find the Siggraph Metropolis to be.

Stealing as appropriation is appropriate to this venue. The building is the making is the thinking is the reason. Invited or not, we will be watching, thinking, reshaping. The making of art is the making of the future from the past. Moore's law doubles the power of the past yearly, making the present at least half as strong as it will be. The building of our work is the process by which we internalize your world and construct our own. Websites, plasma displays, high modernism, biotech, abstract expressionism, history, postmodernism, mechanical engineering, physics, philosophy, IP protocols, circuit boards and solder are all dropped into a blender with a bit of irony. The resulting concoction we call art and technology, the horrible crossbreeding of the best and worst of our thinking.

Scientists have combined spinach and pigs, painters have reworked painting as photo as handmaiden of science as art object as commodity into market. And we who are neither do neither and both and render your commodities useless as market art objects, even evolving something of our own.

The Jackals will set up their nomadic living quarters in the parking lot of the convention center. They will live on the outskirts of metropolis, watching, collecting, repurposing what they can to construct a new reality of techno-art. We will arrive with only enough supplies to survive. The nature of the work depends on what we can scavenge. We invite all participants of the conference to watch, or better yet, participate in our work.