wearable projection installation
Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
Responsible for the concept sketch, pre-production and balloon texture making
Animation Professor Lisa Mann + USC artists:
Tonia Belgari, MFA Interactive Media / Andrea Cao, BA Interactive Entertainment / Ana Estarita Guerrero, MFA Animation and Digital Arts / Cecilia Hua, BA Cinema and Media Studies / Crystal Jow, MFA Animation and Digital Arts / Emilia Yang, Media, Arts, and PracticePhD / Emma Wood, BA, Art / Evan Tedlock, MFA Animation and Digital Arts / Zoey Lin, MFA Animation and Digital Arts
The Proto-Floto is a primordial protozoan blob that transports life beyond our universe. It is a flowing, cilia-covered, single-cellular organism that functions as a literal and metaphoric wormhole, burrowing a passageway and shortcut through the space-time continuum. The Proto-Floto is a fickle and “flam-buoyant” creature, with vibrant colors and imagery shifting on its outer “skin,” much like a chameleon. The microscopic organisms magnified on its surface were collected from Lower Arroyo Park in Pasadena. The Proto-Floto has been observed “swallowing” human passengers through its mouth-like tunnel entrance, only to release them after a kaleidoscopic, time and space-warping excursion. Those who have entered and experienced the Proto-Floto wormhole emerge in a state of euphoric bliss, caused by an escape from contemporary conflicts on Earth. The Team: Through an astrobiological research experiment that went radically off-course, students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Roski School of Fine Arts are in the process of examining its properties.