2006 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
Windfall is a creative exploration into how individuals can engineer, implement and advance wind turbine technology for the purpose of generating power for self-consumption. My primary motivation for this project is to contribute to the dialogue surrounding our energy crisis. This project tackles difficult social, political and environmental problems through embracing a tried and true-but somewhat forgotten-technology, the windmill. Using the windmill as a starting point, I want to create a series of wind-driven sculptures, first in rural and then in urban environments, that brings joy and amusement to people. Simultaneously, and with the help of digital networking, the project will disseminate information about the real and future potential of a past agricultural icon. Like all of my work, Windfall is a blend of art, technology and activism that seeks to address difficult problems using innovation, collective action and unconventional techniques.