Geocon, investigating the idea of cloud brightening – Karolina Sobecka
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The first time I failed at explaining this project I was in rural Connecticut, in pitch dark stumbling through what I thought was someone else’s property, a small patch of forest between a swamp and a few houses set back from the dark and narrow road. I was looking for the Cloud Machine, which, according to its GPS tracker, had crash landed somewhere there. As soon as I finally caught the white styrofoam box in the beam of my flashlight – stuck between tree branches some fifty feet above me – I was blinded by a search light of an approaching man and escorted to my car. The property owner was not a trusting type and certainly not one to take some artspeak about cloud making as an excuse for intrusion on his property. The police officers who arrived soon after weren’t convinced either.
Karolina Sobecka is an interdisciplinary artist and designer. Her artwork often engages public space and explores the way we interact with the world we create. Her recent projects focus on narratives that inscribe humans in nature. Karolina’s work has been shown internationally, including at the V&A, MOMA Film, Beall Center for Art + Technology, Zero1, ISEA, Marfa Dialogues and Science Gallery. She has received awards including from the Creative Capital, Rhizome, NYFA, Princess Grace Foundation, Vida Art and Artificial Life Awards and Japan Media Arts Festival. Karolina is the founder of an art and design studio Flightphase, and is currently teaching at Rhode Island School of Design.
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