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Layer Chiffon

April 8

"Layer Chiffon" is a hands-on interactive installation by artist Courtney Starrett, inviting viewers to explore a sampled history of food, materials, and, gender roles in mid-20th Century America. Custom silicone Bundt "jello-like" forms will invite the viewer to touch or press on the jello-y forms. Sensors detect the pressure of the viewer interacting with the form and activate a video projection assigned to it. Each form has a unique video that is associated with the data input of the design. When each form is pressed individually the assigned video will project, when the viewer touches two forms at a time a different video will project allowing the viewer to navigate the videos creating a custom experience or narrative. Academic discipline connections in this piece include Digital Humanities, Computer Science, Marketing, History, Animation, and Art. 

The forms are designed by data set inputs in three-dimensions. The digital workflow also includes computer-aided design and computer-assisted manufacturing processes to produce the molds. Each mold is later hand-finished and cast.

More about the artist: 
Courtney Starrett is assistant professor of fine and digital art at Seton Hall University in New Jersey and co-owner of Plural Studios. She previously held the rank of associate professor at Winthrop University, visiting lecturer at SUNY New Paltz and assistant professor at Kendall College of Art and Design. She has presented her research and writings internationally. Her creative work has been exhibited across the U.S. as well as in England and Germany. Her work is included in the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR and the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC. Starrett's works have been published in Metalsmith Magazine, How Design Magazine, Taiwan Craft Magazine, Art Jewelry Magazine, two of the Lark Books 500 series and featured on the cover of the August 2008 Metalsmith Magazine's Exhibition in Print. Starrett lives the Hudson Valley of New York with her husband and two toddlers.