personal skies

Personal Skies was a conceptual artwork conceived by Naoto Fukasawa and executed by IDEO. It was included in the 2001 “Workspheres” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, curated by Paola Antonelli.

I was a member of the 9-person team at IDEO that created the exhibit based on Naoto’s concepts, and was responsible for the execution of the 2-meter wide “sky view” that floated over the heads of a telephone user, representing the image of the live sky that the recipient on the other line is experiencing. While the original idea was to create video loops of various skies to illustrate this concept, I found that the quality of the video at that time (2000) would be too low, and would only be distracting when projected so large. I chose instead to use the highest-quality digital still camera I could find (I think it was the first Canon EOS D30?), and took thousands of images of the sky (in multiple states) in 15 second increments, then sequenced those together using Macromeida Director. The result was successful.

 Looking for rain with Naoto at the IDEO offices in Palo Alto, with the camera rig under glass ready to shoot.

Looking for rain with Naoto at the IDEO offices in Palo Alto, with the camera rig under glass ready to shoot.

This video summarizes all of the components of the exhibit, and also serves as a good example of the primary storytelling work I did for IDEO. The principal videography and motion graphics were done by my colleague Greg Tuzin. I directed and edited the video and composed the musical score.