“Poseidon’s Pull” Project Exhibition Opens at Washington State University Museum of Art Today (Monday Aug 19, 2013). Poseidon’s Pull.
Poseidon’s Pull is a project I developed with 13 artists, designers, tinkerers, and idealists from around the world. “Poseidons Pull” is an interface with the purpose of creating a language that will reveal a message from the “God of the Sea,” Poseidon, one of the twelve Olympian deities of the pantheon in Greek mythology, whose domain is the ocean.
poseidon’s pull software in progress
The interface is constructed in two parts. One is an astrological constellation of Poseidon, which has been mapped to longitude and latitude points in the Ionian sea, with each of the stars drifting in the paths and directions that each collaborator recorded, and the second is using the morphing shapes of the drifting constellation to find a sequence of 30 similar images in Google that will create a slide show revealing an interpretable mysterious message from Poseidon.
Each collaborator recorded GPS drifts from international waterways and ocean ports accessible to them. Each of the GPS drifts are then repositioned to one of the longitude and latitude star points in the Poseidon constellation in the Ionian Sea. This is effect is a format where individuals around the world are each turning their attention to Greece.
Since Poseidon domain is the ocean and waterways, he controls the currents and therefore affects the GPS drifts of collaborators around the world, and therefore is controlling the morph of the constellation drawing in the Ionian Sea.
Water is a sign of life, represents life, and no matter where we are in the world it connects us.
Max Kazemzadeh Description
I would like to acknowledge all the collaborators that worked on this project:
Reza Safavi – Assistant Professor at Washington State University – Pullman
Joe Hicks – Assistant Professor at Merrimount University in VA
Haytham Nawar – lecturer at American University in Cairo, EgyptAdnan Naseem, film maker in Dallas, TX
Manoutch Kazemzadeh – Owner of PGS Advertising Agency in Dallas, TX
Foundland: Lauren Alexander & Ghalia Elsrakbi in Amsterdam
Mark Kazemzadeh lecturer at University of Massachusets in Boston, MA
Stavros Didakis Doctoral Candidate at the University of Plymouth in the UK, originally from Greece
Jay Beck, Designer in Barcelona
Garric Simonson – Spokan, Washington
Andrea Safavi – Victoria, Canada
zenGin, artist from US
Princess Powers, US