Each of the research stations in the KARF installations has its own sound system. I record and mix a soundscape that is specific to each station in addition to the sounds the equipment makes. Station 2 ( that will be installed in Shed 2 due to be built the first week of February, 2018, in Joshua Tree, California, where it will reside permanently), being themed around fluids and solutions, has a sound track that features voice transmissions of technicians and scientists talking about the science of Station 2. I wrote a script, recorded myself reading the parts, modified each voice track, and mixed in some other segments from other soundscapes I have done for other stations. The end mix will play from a 4 gigabyte mp3 player amplified through a scavenged car stereo. I had to hack the player so it would waken and go into play mode without anyone having to press the buttons on it. The photo shows the prototype setup on my electronics bench.
A new division of the Kanobis Amplifier Research Facility (KARF) has been approved in Southern California. The new installation will be located in Joshua Tree about 1 mile off hi way 62. The site is being donated by one of my collectors there. The structure designated Shed 2 will be constructed this winter and the research station (Station 2) and all its electronics should be in and running by spring 2018. There is also a new website dedicated to the KARF installations here:https://karflab.wixsite.com/mysite
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This is a sketchbook drawing from 2010 of one concept for Station 1 of the KARF installation. I look back at old sketchbooks and notes to refresh my ideas and sometimes solve problems I am up against. I like the spindly look of this station-how it has a slight unsteady cant. Nearly all of my sculpture has some part that juts out or leans away from the base. In the real world as I built this I had to center more of the weight over the casters on the bottom. It was that or actually having to deal with it falling over. I found a way to compensate for the teetering feeling I was after by crowding elements onto the upper section of the station, mounting them at slightly cockeyed angles, to get that feeling of precariousness I wanted. Also see the new website about the KARF installations: https://karflab.wixsite.com/mysite
Throughout the KARF installation there are hundreds of drawings that are hidden. Some drawings cover pages and pages of the binders and books that sit on the shelves of each workstation but don’t get opened. Some are added to small scrolls that get coiled up and put into odd shaped wooden boxes or metal canisters. Some scribbles and symbols are marked onto bits of paper that, later are covered up by labels or additional papers with more drawings and writings on them. I can only feel the authenticity of this particular artwork by doing this hiding of things. It fits in with the real world around me. There are hidden things. Each hidden thing has its own presence. I think the presence it has somehow influences me even though I can’t experience it directly. It’s like life drawing. One must understand all the elements under the skin-muscles, bones, arteries and such in order to draw the human form properly. Even though these things are hidden they have presence. So, I feel I have to make the presence of the hidden things so the person who views this installation will possibly feel the presence of the hidden things too. More about KARF installations:https://karflab.wixsite.com/mysite
I am progressing on the initial construction of Station 2 for the Kanobis Amplifier Research Facility. The feeling I want this station to get across is about my curiosity of chemistry labs, apothecary shops, research about fluids, all in a somewhat Victorian mystery mode. I identify with those who admire Steampunk culture, have nostalgia for the old corner apothecary, those who wonder what goes on in those secret labs up in Los Alamos…Station 2 might work as the bridge to those ideas and wonders. I have most of the metal frames welded onto the old school desk. The frames have lots of mounting holes drilled in them so I can mount boxes, other frames, equipment, and brackets to them. The steel arch crane I just installed swivels nicely on its steel peg. I’m pleased with the odd curve and the triangular bracing that gives it a Victorian iron-work appearance. Somehow I don’t yet know the object that will be at the end of it. I have drawn sketches of extension devices like periscopes, encrusted with small optical contraptions that could descend from the end of it. I have made sketches of baskets that hang from it holding small boxes and objects that could be used in analysis.
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Background on the KARF Installation.
KARF (Kanobis Amplifier Research Facility) is an immersive sculpture installation I began in 2010. Phase I was completed in 2011 and exhibited at ART123 in Gallup New Mexico. Phase I included a shed measuring approximately 8 x 8 x 8 feet, resembling an old distressed shack where some type of secret research was enacted. Viewers were invited to step into a narrow hallway at the rear and peer through smudged windows to see the interior. Inside was a research workstation made of an old school desk with metal frames welded onto it and encrusted with a wide assortment of electronic gear from multiple eras. Most of the equipment and associated labels, binders, charts and other ephemera laying about the interior was modified to be unfamiliar in context. No explanation was given for what the shed, its contents or the purpose for the installation. The first exhibit featured two performers. The artist, Steve Storz, dressed in somewhat academic shirt, trousers, and tweed jacket, sitting inside the shed at the research station. He appeared to be working the instrumentation, reading and marking in the charts and binders. He made no acknowledgement of the viewers who were looking over his shoulder at him through the windows. The other performer; a woman, dressed in dowdy woolen grey skirt, white blouse, hair done in a severe bun and peering through heavy black rimmed glasses greeted visitors and directed them to enter the viewing hallway as she consulted a clipboard with papers attached to it. Along the walls on either side of the gallery were placed drawings by the artist that were interpretations of the work going on in the research facility. Each drawing was displayed by metal clamps on weathered wooden boards and lit by individual homemade light fixtures resembling the lighting strung on wires in temporary military camps.
Phase II of the KARF installation was hosted by the UNM Klauer Campus in Taos New Mexico as part of the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2012. A second research station was added inside the Shed that was placed in a vacant lot next to the campus amongst sage bushes and chamisa plants. The Shed was embellished with a complicated dish antenna like object on its roof that rotated slowly. Near the shed a folding barricade sign with blinking amber lights on yellow and black caution stripes read Kanobis Amplifier Research Facility. The same drawings from Phase I were displayed inside the nearby campus gallery of the art department.
Phase III was begun the winter on 2012 and is currently in progress. More about KARF installations:https://karflab.wixsite.com/mysite