Our lives are awash in rhythms and cycles and the cadences that control our lives. Ebb & Flow considers the similarities between intimate and internal systems of the body and the very large macro systems found in environmental processes. On the very large scale there are cycles of plate tectonics or the tidal movements caused by the moon. On the internal and more intimate scale there are sequences that govern our bodies as found in our circulatory system or the circadian rhythms that govern our daily cycles. As our technology has developed humans have either deliberately or inadvertently intervened and controlled these oscillations. Globally, there has been an ongoing dialogue around the human disturbance of natural processes. Ebb & Flow engages issues such as; regional and coastal flooding, glacial ice loss, consumption of natural resources and ultimately climate change. Projects in this exhibition seek to mimic various natural processes and act as a catalyst toward a dialogue around our anthropomorphic foot print. The use of robotics allows these artworks to act as surrogate performers that create durational compositions and explore these processes of transition and change.
Daniel Miller is an artist who creates generative works that investigate systems and ecologies in the contemporary landscape. His artwork may employ the use of robotics, electronics, sound, video and light to investigate concept. Daniel Miller is an Assistant Professor of Emerging Technologies and Sculpture in The School of Art & Art History and he is also a member of the Public Digital Arts faculty cluster at University of Iowa. He teaches sculpture courses that integrate robotics, mechanical fabrication and electronics.
Ebb & Flow will be exhibited in the second floor gallery of the Art Center. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, January 13 from 1 – 4pm, which will be free and open to the public.