From RUNNING DOG W/ CACTUS
Architectural / Dimensional Installations
Electro Umbilico 2004 / Aluminum Fabrication / No media
A sweeping exterior redesign of the Portland Community Media building as part of the facility's new identity. An 80 foot aluminum umbilical cord droops languidly across the side of the building, seeming to connect the existing Don Merkt sculpture (an abstract TV set) with a huge abstract plug shape above the newly designed entryway facade. Designer PUBLIC ART / Commissioned by Portland Community Media / Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland)
Dream of the Scarlet Crustaceans 2002 / 5 minutes / Digital Media / Live Action, Animation
In this 4 block long visual installation (above), commissioned by the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission, a woman with a suitcase and a barking man with a mop battle it out for dominance amidst the flying red crustaceans, thunderstorms, rapidly multiplying one celled organisms and exploding universes that electronically inhabit the ceiling above the heads of the gamblers, tourists, and assorted low strollers who hang out on Las Vegas' historic Fremont St. Writer, Director, Editor PUBLIC ART / Commissioned by the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission
dripping sink dominate the recreation of 12 famous murders by the Scottish medical cadaver suppliers Burke and Hare. In a far room the medical examiner succumbs to frequent lacunae, tumbling to the straw covered floor amidst projections onto walls of phrenological charts and suppressed evidence.
Video Designer, Lighting Director, Interpretive Collaborator View scenes from The Resurrectory at the Liminal website
Running Dog with Cactus 2004 / Installation / 5 minutes / Digital Media, Multiple Projectors, Chair / Live Action, Animation, Digital Compositing
In the corner exterior windows of a busy downtown store, a squeaking and twisting animated cactus demands attention on the floor in front of a yellow office chair. As water reflections begin to infest the space, a red silhouette of a running dog emerges on the back of the chair and gallops in harmony with the cactus. Now the back wall erupts in sudden imagery and sound-- some kind of mythical machine or chamber has materialized behind the chair as the running dog leaps in size and joins the imagery on the back wall. In a small conflagration, the chair is perhaps electrified, the organic machine seems to wind down, and the room returns to "normal." Director, Photographer, Editor Commissioned by the 2004 PDX Film Festival
Evolution of a City 1997 Glass, Welded Steel / Permanent Architectural Installation Digitized and Programmed Photographs / 12 Hours
An interactive architectural installation in period style integrated into the renovation of Portland, Oregon's historic city hall. The interactive site tours every corner of the city through the digital display of over 750 rarely seen archival photographs emphasizing the changing landscape of the previous 80 years. Neither didactic nor sentimental, the installation challenges current pop notions about representation of the past. Designed, directed and curated by Jim Blashfield in collaboration with Carol Sherman, SERA Architects PUBLIC ART / Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland).
A three part public art concept selected for future funding as part of Astoria, Oregon's waterfront revitalization project, RIVERWALK. The Dream Space: Reflections of Identity (concept images, above) is a multimedia performance using multiple video projectors, animated and composited images, sound systems and audio design to transform a common, recognized site (building and nearby environs) into a theatrical dream space. Based upon historical research, oral histories and past uses of the current space, the performance strips away time and common identification to get at the soul of the building and the place it occupies. Part real, part fantastic-- like a documentary recalled in a dream. Producer, Director, Designer Sponsored by Astoria Visual Arts.
Below, additional Riverwalk concepts.
From DREAM OF THE SCARLET CRUSTACEANS Above, a detail from the 4 block long image above Fremont Street. Below, the entire 4 block length of the video installation
Circulator 2011 Digital Media / Four Channel Video / Audio / Steel
Circulator, comprised of 7 interrelated "portals" (one of which is imbedded in the floor) is a damp, playful and ever metamorphosing dream that places participants at the center of a vast metaphorical and associative evocation of the watershed.This 7 screen, 10 minute meditation on the nature of water and the ecosystem occupies center stage at the Brightwater Environmental Center. The facility, completedin 2011, is locatednorth of Seattle's Lake Washington.
Jim Blashfield: Artistic and Technical Concept, Image and Sound Design and Direction, Enclosure Design /// Zak Margolis: Compositing Artist /// META DMA: Programming Consultant /// Scott Wills: Electronics Design and Integration /// Ferrousity: Metal Fabrication /// Don Merkt, EK Miller Design: Consultants /// PUBLIC ART / Commissioned by 4 Culture
Conveyor 2010 / Digital Media / Video / Audio / Enclosure
Described as "an aquarium of ideas" and a "garden of natural forces", the five screen video installation, Conveyor, is a metaphorical investigation that roams far and wide, from images of ships on vast seas, toexplorations of mysterious systems of reciprocating energies, and Sisyphean dog toys on endless journeys. This 20 day
reformulating meditative experience-- "a presence rather than a presentation" which explores "conveyance" and its associations in their "most apparent and least obvious forms" is now a permanent part of the central atrium of the Port of Portland's new headquarters building, designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, Portland, Oregon.long,
Jim Blashfield: Artistic and Technical Concept, Image and Sound Design and Direction, Enclosure Design /// Zak Margolis: Compositing Artist /// META DMA: Programming /// Scott Wills: Electronics Consultant /// PUBLIC ART / Commissioned by RACC
The Resurrectory 2005 / Video, Light and Sound Installation and Performance / Digital Media, Multiple Projectors / Animated stills, Digital Compositing
For seven weeks the Portland Art Center was transformed into the three stages of The Resurrectory, a theatrical installation by the Liminal Performance Group. In this dark and earthy space a doctor sings of arcane medical practices in 19th century Scotland while a draped body goes through transformations (projected video animations) from life to medical speciman, through death and return to the earth. In another room, images and sound of an oversized (projected)
Right, visitors take in one of the 20 evolving scenes-- each a day long-- which unfold during the course of CONVEYOR
Compositing artist Zak Margolis and Jim Blashfield work on a sequence from the 7 screen CIRCULATOR
Flooded Data Machine Installation Spring 2015 / Digital Media / Video / Audio Electronic Engineering / Stainless Steel Enclosure / Cycle Length 23 hr 50 min
Four iterations of Jim Blashfield's 23 hour and 50 minute sculpture and video installation, Flooded Data Machine, greet visitors to Portland, Oregon's new light rail bridge, Tilikum Crossing. Disguised as an unassuming data transmitter suffering from water damage, the appliance frequently lapses into a dream state, reflecting, in ways alternately rational and hallucinatory, upon the many past identities and states of being of the Willamette River and its nearby shores.
Jim Blashfield: Artistic and Technical Concept, Image and Sound Design and Direction, Enclosure Design /// Zak Margolis: Compositing Artist, Programming Strategist /// EK Miller Design: CAD, Structural Design, Electronics Integration /// Scott Wills: Technical Consultant /// Landscape Forms: Enclosure Fabrication /// PUBLIC ART / Commissioned by TriMet.
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Moving Image Installations