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

176-B Barranca St
(gallery is located on Barranca between San Fernando and Ave 21 )
Los Angeles, CA 90031

featured artists: Allison D. Behrstock, Eric Kenneth Malcolm Clark, Rebekah Clendening, Elizabeth DiGiovanni, Elkpen, Oliver Hess, Kenny Irwin, Travis Wade Ivy, Noah Jashinski, David O. Johnson, Marina Kappos, Kasper Kovitz, Jeff Levitz, Bridget Marrin, Tina Marrin, Flo McGarrell, Guan Rong, Marcy Saude, April Street, Nana (Nanuka) Tchitchoua, Nancy Jean Tucker, Sara Velas, Weronika Zaluska

A cat reflects our emotions like a mirror; the subtlety of a cat’s movement can describe time and space in thousands of ways. A Point of View of a Cat introduces the cat as a narrative form, as well as a vehicle for exploration of material and space. This two-fold exhibit delivers the representational and the abstract as two independent vocabularies, which operate on their own terms, yet sometimes intersect each other in the actions of a cat. As humans, we may never know the exact cat experience. Therefore, the exhibit focuses on cat behavior as it is visible to us, and specifically on how cats animate, fragment, and abstract everyday objects. Works included in the show can be divided into two categories: cat scenes and cat artifacts. The first is narrative, representational, animated and seductive. The second is abstract and material-driven; it vaguely refers to household environment and objects we would like to engage with if we were indoor cats (food, fabric, wood, concrete, plastic, etc). The show was inspired by the philosophy of Richard Rorty, which advocates that simultaneous use of multiple vocabularies results in a richer experience of the world.

from my notes:

Cat Vision
As an artist interested in our relationship to machines I find the evolution of vision science, from the computational to the biological as having a peculiar parallel.
Recent studies of vision in cats have revealed quite a  few parallels to how machines see.  In essence optimizations that make it possible for cameras to focus on faces and cars to see traffic signs also allow domestic cats to decide if there is anything interesting going on in a world encoded for humans.
Magnitude of change, complexity of edges, direction of textures.  After years of using machine vision to allow artworks to react semi-appropriately to the public it is exciting to invert the relationship so that the artwork is only trying to relax and enjoy itself, mostly indifferent to its human cohabitants.
Cat meme’s are probably the cosmic consciousnesses revealing itself within all of us, the anomalous populatiries of daily phrases and images reveal a super-conscious preoccupation with things that none of us can control or predict but everyone autonomously react to.