Author Archives: chouAdmin

Secular Spiritual Technology

frame capture from stereo video © 2016 chouAdmin. All rights reserved. A series of virtual reality guided meditations available on Patreon.  At its broadest level this is an exploration of the variety of platforms currently available to communicate spatial content.  Stereo equirectangular panoramas on youTube which are visible on all … Continue reading

LA Pergolas

la street day © 2015 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

Two sculptures in downtown LA, in construction now! Follow construction progress on Aperiodic Industries page. Los Angeles, CA   Pedestrians traversing the 101 on their way to or from Union Station or the El Pueblo Historical Monument and world famous Olvera … Continue reading

DorkBot SF talk

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Oliver gave a presentation about the maintenance procedures for the Wilmington Waves project.  It was a technical audience, they appreciated the information.  Perhaps the best comments were: “why no unicorns?” and “are you a wizard?” Thanks to Karen Marcelo for … Continue reading

Iron Age Estates

iron age estates © 2014 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

Both a concept and a construction this is a billboard constructed in the desert to advertise a future construction project on the site.  Click to see full size to learn about the modern and historic amenities to be included at the … Continue reading

Wilmington Waves

wilmington waves © 2014 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

This permanent artwork conceptualized with I was part of the design partnership of Didier Hess is for the Wilmington Waterfront Development as part of their Buffer Park project.  This piece will illuminate the pedestrian bridges that run along the buffer … Continue reading

new piece on view in desert

iron age estates © 2014 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

As part of Spectacular Subdivisions (curated by Jay Lizo of Monte Vista projects in collaboration with High Desert Test Sites) Oliver will show a new piece about construction fantasies.  More info here.

talk at UCSB MAT 2013

I will be speaking October 7th at the Media Art and Technology department of UC Santa Barbara.  If you are in the neighborhood drop in. More info below… /// summary of talk /// Developing myths, how building permanent public … Continue reading

Learning The Ropes workshops

© 2013 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

Learning The Ropes… Please come help design and create a new rope installation or the Ovation awards* stage! This project, like many installations we have built in the past, will start with a series of workshops.   First we will learn about rigging for stage, rope handling, and knots.  Then we will build models … Continue reading

MatterApp:Pyramidial signup

Please join us for MatterApp:Pyramidial public workshops at the Long Beach EXPO Art Center on October 3, 10, and 17 — sign up for free on Eventbrite. Get on it! 40 people per workshop. you don’t have to come to all 3.

Long Beach speech

I’m speaking at Cal State University Long Beach on September 5th, if you are in the area, drop by.  I will make it interesting.  I will bring the noise. More info here:

Orit Haj got some love This article from the Santa Clarita Valley News indicates that they are happy about the public art project Orit Haj.  It won an award from the Public Art Network Year in review from Americans for the Arts.

De Lab Pecha Kucha x Ping Pong

Doing presentation at Pecha Kucha going to talk about tool use and the aperiodic industries concept proposal form…

Cat vision machine

Made a gizmo for this show: A Point of View of a Cat Dates: May 25 – June 22, 2013 Opening Reception: Saturday, May 25, 7-11pm Special musical performance by Jeff Levitz & guest at 10pm Animatron 176-B Barranca St … Continue reading


nv88-1972-1 © 2013 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

NV88 is a temporary airport that is pulled from 2 shipping containers, assembled, used for a month and then packed back up for the rest of the year.  It sits in an incredibly extreme environment and must also be fun. … Continue reading

Orit Haj

photo by Patrick Mcelhenney © 2013 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

Artwork for the Vasquez Rocks visitor center in Agua Dulce California. Constructed through a series of workshops, designed in collaboration with Jenna Didier and executed with the help of dozens of volunteers interested in the larger issues surrounding the project … Continue reading


Survival Research Labs,   Mark Pauline’s studio was my first experience interning in the arts in the 90s.  I worked with him early in 2012 on his piece in a MOCA show and I had a great time reflecting on … Continue reading

Aperiodic Industries rise !

Oliver launches Aperiodic Industries by beginning to host public events.   A studio for collaborative experimental art fabrication.  Please consider joining in the fun.

Get to Nomi at Lamama

Oliver designed and programmed interactive projections for new wave opera, Get To Nomi,at Lamama theater in East Village only blocks from where Klaus Nomi lived!  Directed by Jason Trucco, the project was a dynamic collaboration of artists, actors and writers.

Subterraneans at TAM

Oliver’s toolbox (“dream cabinet”) is on display at the Torrance Art Museum 9.22.12 until 11.3.12, the curators will open different drawers every day.

Another Look

Another Look composite © 2012 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

A proposal for the the Rowland Heights Community Center which Didier Hess was short listed to create a proposal for in 2012 create 5 telescopes similar to those found at landmarks and national parks, but when you look through them … Continue reading

Exhibit A by Jason Trucco

Collaborated on design of installation for Jason Trucco’s show Exhibit A at Annie Wharton Gallery in the Pacific Design Center has an opening on January 26th which features numerous interactive artworks and intriguing artworks related to Los Angeles popular culture and the gulf between … Continue reading

Ground broke on LA Pergolas

After several years of design, the LA Pergola’s are finally in construction.  The LA St. bridge sidewalk is closed as the construction company begins preparing footings below the sidewalk to receive the cable net support posts.  Just 23 months left … Continue reading

Oliver Grasshopper Workshop

A parametric project development course at materials & applications on August 7th and 8th.  This will be part of the ongoing workshop series I have been hosting and organizing all year at Materials & Applications.  This is one of the … Continue reading

Green Flash

concept render by Oliver Hess © 2011 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

In 2011 I created a concept upon being short listed to design an artwork for a parking structure.  The piece was designed to take light from the sun as it set and direct it through solar tubes to the other … Continue reading

Live Forever

installation at night © 2011 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

For Firestation 94 in the Baldwin Park area of Los Angeles 2011 Our work always tries to respond to a local need. Live Forever is designed to monitor fire danger levels in the vicinity of Fire Station 94 in Los … Continue reading

Food Pyramid

Photo by Scott Mayoral © 2010 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

Food Pyramid for LACMA, Los Angeles CA 2010 Taking cues from its symbolic predecessor and the material and natural ecologies of Los Angeles, Food Pyramid is a vertical development of the Fish Taco Garden prototyped last summer at Materials & … Continue reading

Terrain Vague

TerrainVague_render1 © 2010 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

A permanent land art installation for the city of Denver with Jenna Didier that incorporates fog and compressed air to play with one’s perception of space and emphasize the sky and its ever-varying qualities of light. The piece is a … Continue reading

Azora to Zog

Azora to Zog render open © 2009 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

December 2009 proposal for gateway to the libbey bowl outdoor theater in ojai ca.  The name is derived from the catalog of cut glass products made by the libbey glass company.  The idea was to create a gateway which appears … Continue reading

Ecotones – articulated palms

ecotones growth 4 © 2009 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

Produced for an invitation to design sculptures for 2 round-abouts in Santa Cruz.  The idea of this project was to move these pots in relationship to climate changes, the trees would then grow to record trends in the climate

Ukendt Beach

Photo by Anja Franke © 2009 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

Instant Herlev Institute, Denmark 2009 Ukendt Beach is an inclined roof tile deck that descends into a rainwater “ocean” in the front yard of a home in suburban Copenhagen. The fabricated synthetic beach uses the roof construction materials and technologies … Continue reading

Pomona College String Theory

Photo by Scott Mayoral © 2009 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

Pomona College, Commencement structure.  2008, 2009, 2010 Public interaction is a crucial component of our work and is exemplified in our project”Pomona String Theory”. The shade canopy, designed alongside architect Emily White, was constructued to shelter the Pomona College audience in … Continue reading

Hacienda Heights

render by oliver hess © 2009 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

This concept for the Hacienda Heights community center was based on Oliver being struck upon exploring the site and seeing nearly a dozen plastic playground sets which were all apparently slated to be destroyed when the site was upgraded.  He … Continue reading

Bosa Whirl

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There are about 2 linear blocks of pergola structure on the west side of the san diego union station.  Beside that another smaller pergola welcomes people who want to cut through from the tracks to the coast.  Passing through a … Continue reading

House Swarming

photo-by-scott-mayoral © 2007 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

Art Center College of Design Wind Tunnel Pasadena CA 2008 A site-specific installation which operates both as a complex light pattern that greets visitors and as an environment-sensing device.  Commissioned for the Art Center presentation of the exhibition “Open House,” … Continue reading

Here There Be Monsters

Photo by Scott Mayoral © 2006 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

On a bamboo bridge above a pond, human and monster meet through a gestural interface. This installation explores the challenges of synchronizing the aesthetics and intrinsic characteristics of natural materials into a built environment, mediated with the latest computer aided … Continue reading

Tesla’s Ghost

teslas-ghost-11-edit © 2005 chouAdmin. All rights reserved.

The Redondo Steam Plant’s interior far wall was illuminated with the rippling reflective surface of a vertical expanse of simulated water. The ocean just several yards away was invited into the plant – to join with electricity in the form … Continue reading