Feb 21 2017

Molotov :: 2017

Miniature Molotov cocktails spin with speed determined by the frequency of Trump’s Twitter posts. Viva la revolución!

Oct 8 2015

Montana Data Transmitter :: 2015

The Montana Data Transmitter Box is an interactive installation at the Lark Hotel in Bozeman, MT.  Users can see current snow depth, new snow fall, and temperature at various locations in the mountains surrounding Bozeman, as well as gage heights of local rivers. Data is displayed on needle gauges, honoring the overall aesthetic of the lobby, and flashing blue lights indicate new snowfall, a nod to the decades old tradition of the Bridger Bowl blue light.   The MTDT is a collaboration between ThinkTank, Hukel Designs, MFGR, and myself.

May 13 2014

War Toys – Little Boy :: 2014

The third of a series of toy models based on historic weapons, including the Soviet R1 missile, the Vietnam-era M61 hand grenade, and the ‘Little Boy’ atomic bomb . Cute and hand-cranked. Wood, brass, roller chain, paint.

Oct 23 2013

This Machine Kills :: 2013

My first Processing project, for the Cottonwood Club’s almost annual ‘Fascists’ show. This Machine Kills is a first-person shooter game with the goal being to blow up the sentences as they appear. A secret key will explode them all.  You can download the game here (untested for distribution)!

May 3 2012

War Toys – R1 and M26 :: 2012

An ongoing series of toys based on historic weapons, here the Soviet R1 missile and the Vietnam-era M61 grenade. Brass, roller chain, paint, and wood. Not suitable for children under the age of 18.

Aug 3 2011

Fearmongering Fascistslut :: 2011

Fearmongering Fascistslut

Deployed and ready to fire!

A piece I made for The Cottonwood Club’s This Machine Kills Fascists show. The machine gun-toting stripper can be actuated up or down via remote button along with the firing trigger.

Nov 8 2010

Comfortable Chair :: 2010

Activism and apathy.  Flipping the guarded switch reveals the activism facade.

Dec 24 2008

Chatterboxen :: 2007


Chatterboxen is two wooden and brass boxes with large brass horns; one speaks of war, political corruption, and environmental crisis, the other speaks of celebrity misbehavior, acting awards, and hit movies.

The boxen of Chatterboxen contain an Internet-enabled microcontroller reading current news feeds from different sources. They are crafted of birch, acrylic, brass, and replica grammaphone horns.

Listen to the Chatterboxen here.

Dec 24 2008

Portable Light :: 2007


with Kennedy and Violich Architecture.

Portable Light is a non-profit interdisciplinary research, design and engineering project to provide de-centralized, sustainable lighting and electrical power to serve the large number of people—more than 2 billion—who do not have access to electric light or power. The Portable Light Project began with an idea created and developed by MATx, the materials research unit of Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd. The MATx team developed design strategies to leverage the extraordinary energy efficiency of low cost, large market HBLED technology, optomize it with digital electronics to work efficiently with flexible photovoltaics and integrate it into energy harvesting textiles that are small, smart and shippable. The goal of the portable light project is to create fully autonomous, off-the-grid light “engines” that can provide durable, energy-efficient illumination to enable better options for household economic self-sufficiency, community based education and health care. Portable Light can be easily folded and can travel with the person who uses it. The flexible textile form works as an optical reflector and provides a material common denominator that is familiar in many different cultures. Portable light is highly adaptable and can be integrated into traditional textiles. This creates the possibility for women who are often among the most vulnerable in developing countries to produce, own and use this technology on their own terms.

Portable Light Pilot projects are currently in place in Mexico, South America and Australia. For more information please visit www.portablelight.org as well as to our web site at www.kvarch.net.

Dec 24 2008

Suspicious Looking Device :: 2006


The only function of the Suspicious Looking Device is to appear as suspicious as possible, whether carried in hand or placed indiscrimately in public places.
The SLD contains LEDs, a LED array, a character display, an optical distance sensor, capacitive touch sensor, buzzer, and motors.