Resume

Seattle WA 98102  ::  Shelly [at] totallylegitllc [dot] com  ::  two oh six 226-3586

Please visit my bio and CV as a technologist to learn about my career as a research scientist specializing in community technology.

EDUCATION

B.A. Fine Arts and Psychology (double major), Georgetown University 1991.

Ph.D. Social Psychology, 1999. 

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

Grant, from 4Culture “The Wondering Woods”, (2017)

Grant, from 4Culture “The Luminous Garden”, (2016)

Grant, from Burning Man “The Zymphonic Wormhole”, (2014)

Grant, from Critical Massive, “The Zymphonic Wormhole”, (2014)

Grant, from Critical Massive, “The Cage”, (2012)

Grant, from Critical Massive, “The Insemination Station”, (2012)

Grant, from Critical Massive for “The H.E.Ai.D.” (2010)

Grant, from Burning Man for “Steve:The Robot H.E.Ai.D.” (2009)

Grant, from Critical Massive for “Steve: the Robot H.E.Ai.D.” (2009)

Grant, from IgnitionNW for “The Assimilator”(2006)

 

EXHIBITIONS

The Luminous Garden, 2017, Skykomish Maloney Store

Played lead creative director/curatorial role, providing design framework for large scale group installation, and creating The Luminous Forest and The Sensor Mote Swarm as individual pieces in the collaboration

The Luminous Garden, 2016, Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar

The Luminous Garden, 2016, Arts-a-Glow, Burien, WA

Attacks from Mars, 2016 and 2015, Burning Man

Played lead role in creating a large scale pinball machine, with 100 feet of murals, and a playfield where the human is the ball

The Luminous Garden, 2016, Lusio, Seattle, WA

The Luminous Garden, 2016, Electric Sky, Skykomish, WA

Created design framework for large scale group installation, and created The Sensor Mote Swarm as an individual piece in the collaboration

The Blue Lady at the Skykomish Hotel, 2015-2016, Skykomish

The Bridge Project, 2014-2015, Skykomish Bridge

Transformed the Skykomish Bridge the represent car activity with interactive sound and lighting.

The Neighborhood Table, 2014, Microsoft Employee Art Show

An interactive coffee table display representing neighborhood Twitter activity

Robot Marilyn, 2013, “Oscillate” art show at Vermillion Art Gallery, Seattle

Reconcieved the Marilyn Monroe’s classic white dress as a life-size robot dress with animated, addressable RGBs

The Cage, 2012, Critical Massive and Burning Man 2012

A spinning round human cage, in collaboration with Morgan Hammer,  Greg Larson and Buphalo Tomkoweicz

Insemination Station, 2012, Critical Massive and Burning Man 2012

Played lead creative director role in large scale collaboration with the SV Arts Collective, project was a 40′ diameter by 20′ tall installation of fabric and steel poles creating experience of being inseminated by light

NSS Triton, Burning Man 2012

Played lead creative director role in large scale collaboration with Area47 art groups, converting a 30 ft bus into an alien space ship

The Numbers, 2011, Burning Man, 8’x20′ Number benches across 1 mile clock

Played lead creative director role in large scale collaboration with SV Arts Collective, project was 4 12′ x 20′ foot number benches, spanning 1 mile to create large clock viewable only from high in the sky.

The H.E.Ai.D.  2010.  Installation at Web 2.0 Expo, Moscone Center, San Francisco.

     A large scale collaborative play space with lasers and generative sound.  Played organizing role.  See http://heaid.com 

Hear light, speak lights, see light.  2010.  “Winter Lights” art show at Vermillion Art Gallery, Seattle 

     Three light boxes with clear resin sculptural forms, illustrating human fascination with light.

Steve: the Robot H.E.Ai.D.  2009.  Burning Man 2009, funded project.  25’w x 17’h

A large scale, interactive, collaborative laser music experience exploring the idea that the next step in human evolution is the emergent intelligence that arises from human collaboration.  My role for this installation is project coordinator, and design of the “emerging consciousness” experience. 

From Barbarella to Obama: Conversations on My Garage Door 2005-2008.  9’wx7’h

Due the public nature of my garage door, it has become a point of conversation with local graffiti artists and the neighborhood.  My garage door has become a neighborhood icon, and its story has generated a lot of interest in the media.   See blog post with full story:  http://wagglelabs.com/2008/10/22/from-barbarella-to-obama

MyTwee, “Strange Things” Dorkbot exhibit at 911 Media Arts Center, Jan 2008

A projected flash-based visualization a person’s Twitterverse

The Scrying Pool, “Strange Things” Dorkbot exhibit at 911 Media Arts Center, Jan 2008, 3’w x 3’h

A futurist scrying pool, made of resin faces cast from sculpted faces, told your fortune in cryptic messages as you waved your hands over the pool.

8 Legs, at the The Bridge Model, Sept 17 2007:    http://www.motelmotelmotel.com/motel1.html

In collaboration with Kathy Kim.  As part of a larger project repurposing buildings to be destroyed into art exhibits, we transformed a room into a spiders’ web.  People were able to crawl through the installation to feel the experience of being entangled in the web.  Observers could watch through peep holes in the window. 

Friends as Super Heros, Burning Man, 2006, 20’w x 5’h

Five oil portraits of friends as superheros, painted on plexigless and mounted into the ground so you could walk amongst the “hall of heros” as a hero yourself.

 Oracle in Space Station, Burning Man, 2005, 5’w x 15’h

Messages from the future in the space station were received by standing on the oracle (a platform in a fluted tube of patterned string) and typing your questions into a keyboard.  Responses were projected on the wall of the space station.

Online Oracle, Online project, 2004-2005. 

This project explores people’s fascination with “Pythian” oracle messages, the priestess’ of the Delphi.  Like the priestess’, rumored to be influenced by the “vapors” of the Temple, the Online Oracle presents randomly collected messages known to be randomly generated from the Internet.

Space Virgin Temple, Burning Man, 2002-2004.

A large scale collaborative project building a 1/3rd scale of the Parthenon facade that people can climb.  My role was as creative lead/project coordinator, working with team of participants.  Also created the “Goddess Sacrifice”, an 8 foot sculpture made of tape and newspaper to be burned at the end of the week. 

Princess Cage, Burning Man, 2001.

Completed with Dave Vronay and Weiru Cai.  Build a 15’diameter x 8’tall princess cage out of wood.  We caught princesses in the cage, and they had to persuade passersby to let them out again. 

 

ROLES IN ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

Instructor

2017, Cornish College for the Arts

Teaching course for the Creative Corridor “Critical Making:  Embedded Interaction and the Internet of Things”

Founder, Executive Director

2014-2017, Third Place Technologies

Founded and play lead role in non-profit focused on fostering community empowerment based on innovation in technology, with a special focus on creative collaboration communities.

Co-founder/Creative Director

2013 – 2016, Recreational Light and Magic, a Totally Legit LLC

Play lead role in organizing large scale, collaborative art and tech installations, coordinating efforts of 5-10 participants from diverse disciplines.

Creative Director

2010 – 2013, SV Arts Collective

Played lead role in organizing large scale, collaborative art installations, coordinating efforts of 10-30 participants.

Organizing Lead

2008-2009, The UberGeek Project

A ten person arts collective at the intersection of art and technology.  As a part of our collaboration activities I organized the creation of a collaboration space called “The Artillery”.

Organizing Committee Lead

2005-2009, Dorkbot
A grass roots organization at the intersection of art and technology, with about 600 members based in Seattle.  We organize monthly meetings, workshops, art exhibits.

Board Member and Art Committee Lead

2005-2007, Ignition Northwest
A membership-based 501c3 non-profit that focuses on facilitating arts and community through collaborative projects and events.

Vice President (2003) and Board Member (2004-2008)

2001-2007, SV Arts Collective
A membership based 501c3 non-profit group that engages in large scale collaborative arts activities year round (~75 members), affiliated with the Space Virgin theme camp at Burning Man. Played an active, creative lead role in organizing large scale arts projects, events, and in forming the 501c3.

 

ROLES IN ARTS EVENTS AND FUNDRAISERS

Instructor, Sky Art Week, June 2016

Taught an illuminated lamp workshop, teaching people how to integrate lighting into their projects.

Producer, Electric Sky, Skykomish Ball Park, June 2015 and 2016

Organized an art and tech weekend “campathon” with the goal of fostering interdisciplinary collaboration.

Instructor, Sky Art Week, June 2015

Taught a reactive lamps workshop, teaching people how to use the Arduino to create an interactive lighting project.

Organizer, Art and Tech Initiative Workshop, June 2014

In collaboration with Microsoft Research (Studio 99), Cornish College for the Arts, and the Genius Foundation, organized a workshop to facilitate art and tech community development. See paper.

Curator, “Oscillate”, Vermillion Art Gallery, February 2013

Curated art show with 13 installations of art exploring intersection of art and technology around theme of “oscillating” light.  See http://dorkbotsea.org/events/oscillate-art-celebrating-light-and-movement, and article in Seattle PI blog http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlearts/2013/01/02/oscillate-wildly-oscillate-art-celebrating-light-and-movement-various-artists-opening-thursday-january-10-2013-6-10pm-free/

Curator, “Winter Lights”, Vermillion Art Gallery, January 2010, ~300 people at opening night event

      Curated an art show with ten installations of self-illuminated art that in some way incorporated technology.  Organized opening night event.  See Vermillion:  Explorations in Self-illuminated Art.

Producer, Frayed Wire, 2009, ~100 people

A one day mini conference for people at the intersection of art and technology with a mix of presentations, workshops, and open project space.   See FrayedWire.com.

Producer, People Doing Strange Things with Electricit y IV (July 2009), ~20 artists, ~300 people at opening night event

Produced the art exhibit “People Doing Strange Things with Electricity IV” at 911 Media Arts Center.  As producer negotiated space, worked with jury lead curator and technical director for art installations, organized opening night event, and marketing.   

Producer, SalonTC (Salon de Technologie and et de Creativite) March 2009. ~70 people

An event focused on bringing together people at the intersection of art and technology for intellectual dialogue.

Producer, Thingamajiggr (2007, 2008).  ~200 people

An event focused on bringing together innovators in art and technology, includes inspirational presentations and one night only installations of art.

Producer, People Doing Strange Things with Electricit y III (Jan 2008), ~25 artists, ~500 people at event

Produced the art exhibit “People Doing Strange Things with Electricity III” at 911 Media Arts Center.  Organized opening night event, worked with jury lead curator and technical director for art installations.

Creative Director and Co-producer, 2004-2009, Hive-Mind Halloween Party, ~800 to ~1300 people depending on the year

Not for profit event, money donated to Room to Read and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. In creative director role organized arts installations, decoration and lighting.  In producer role coordinated DJs, VJs, bar, space negotiations, volunteers, marketing.

Producer, 2005, TechGnosis, ~800 people

Opening night event for Dorkbot-sea’s “People Doing Strange Things with Electricity II” at COCA. In addition to general party organization, coordinated arts placement and decoration for the ConWorks space.

Creative Director, 2002, 2004, SeaCompression, ~1000 people

Community event and fundraiser for the BRC Arts Foundation and the NorthWest Regional LLC, a local arts support group. Coordinated visual theme, lighting, art project placement and decorations.

Creative  Lead and Producer for Fundraising Events 2002-2004, `~600-800 people, SV Arts Collective

Organized arts fundraising events that highlighted art for which money was being raised at the event.  Coordinated visual theme, lighting, art project placement, and decorations.  In producer role coordinated DJs, VJs, bar, space negotiations, volunteers, and marketing.