Through Wild Times I sought to broaden the idea of what a wild landscape can be to include not just a geographic location, but the terrain of our psyche as well. Might there be a correlation between our shrinking untamed natural spaces (Only 3 % of the contiguous US is considered wild land) and our intimate sense of self and contentment?
Wild Times merged new media, social engagement, and 2,680 mile thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (from Campo, Mexico to Manning, Canada) as a means of exploring wildness as a state of mind, that like its geographical counterpart, needs protection from commodification, mining, and exploitation.
Over the course of my 5.5 month hike I sent photo and 3D files, blog posts, instagrams, and related public programming to a series of five West Coast museums and art venues where the transmissions were printed, installed, and shared – evolving into cumulative exhibitions.
Each day I hiked I “collected” a rock using a photo app on my phone. These images were turned into 3D mesh files that I then transmitted to the museums I was working with. The museums printed the files, live in the gallery using 3D printers, in colors coded to the elevation I found the rocks. Over the course of the hike these rocks evolved into Rock Collection (for Richard Long). I also sent back photo files that were also printed live in the gallery. These were frames and hung salon style through out the project.
Public programming included Formulary for a New Wildness (group therapy exploring the concept of wild in everyday life), a hero’s journey writing workshop of teens, and a improv comedy dérive through the city.
Wild Times was made possible though a Creative Capital Grant, the support of Makerbot, Microsoft, Wholefoods, and generous Wild Times Kickstarter campaign contributors.