December 3, 2019

Art Residency at Xenoform Labs in San Francisco

by BettinaForget / News / 1 Comment

I am delighted to announce that I will be spending the month of December 2019 at the art residency at Xenoform Labs in San Francisco.

Xenoform Labs

Established in October 2018, Xenoform Labs features ample studio space and housing for a solo artist or couple, within a home environment, in San Francisco’s historic Mission District. The studio includes digital media, virtual-reality hardware, media production and light-fabrication capabilities. We ask the artists to come prepared with an initial inquiry, to be able to focus solely on the process of experimentation, so that their ideas can take shape and become the foundation of refined and finished works.

From Xenoform Labs

While I’m at Xenoform Labs, I plan to work on my project Exoplanet Zoo, which proposes to develop a taxonomy of exoplanets with the use of VR technology. To this end, data sets associated with exoplanets will be integrated into the source code of geometric .stl files, generating a variety of exoplanet “species.” The menagerie of VR forms will make the variances and characteristics of exoplanets tangible and explore a variety of classification options.

Dovetailing with the exploration of 3D space, I also plan to 3D-print a series of Moon craters that are named after women, a continuation of my Women With Impact project. This project highlights the underrepresentation of women in science through an examination of lunar nomenclature. A crater is essentially a void, a hollow in the regolith. The void echoes the underrepresentation of women in positions of power, in the scientific canon, and in history. The void also speaks to its opposite: each crater is a result of an impact, a shattering of the calm surface. The women who made such an impact will be thrown into full relief with each 3D-printed sculpture. 

  1. Emmie Grenier Laplante

    January 12, 2020 Reply

    Hi! My name is Emmie and I think I would like to mention something about your name or your doing in a very short text I'm kind of about to produce. It's gonna be about an artefact of my choice. It has to be Night related and this little special event of mine is scheduled for March 2020 at the Stewart's Museum. I was impressed (and touched) by your history and especially by your last implications concerning your Arts. Crafts and our very own Moon. I would like to hear from you soon. As a matter of fact, thank you for the inspiration. I'm ever so grateful... Plus, now that I think of it, Isn't the Moon supposed to be "feminine" and the Sun "masculine"? If so, hen are we using so many "Guys" names to cover her up and describe her very own intimacy... **Sigh**

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