“We Are Spiritual Machines” with Mike Saijo

On May 7, 2014 by rarw


“We Are Spiritual Machines” is a multimedia exhibition that explores the history of spiritual movements in Ojai within the context of art and technology. Using photographic images, mixed media print, Oculus Rift virtual reality technology, and sculpture; artist Mike Saijo takes a contemporary approach to a historic subject matter. The exhibit will also include collaborations with Ojai perfumer Janna Sheehan, textile master Setsuko Hayashi (who uses a 400 year old Japanese method dating back to the Edo Period), and a public art workshop at the Krishnamurti Foundation of America.

Saijo is a LA based mixed media artist. His current body of work explores ethnography and the intersections of immigrant history, creative education programs for schools and experimentation with virtual reality. Saijo has exhibited at MOCA, and in the permanent collection at the Orange County Museum of Agriculture and Nikkei History at Cal State Fullerton, Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, as well as University of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.

In conjunction with the exhibition and Soft Machine Project, Porch Gallery will hold a special online call to entry for artists who want to participate in a collaborative installation. Local artists are invited to submit works based on their personal experiences with spirituality within the Valley. Soft Machine Project is an outgrowth of the ideas inspired by the “cut-up fold in” method that William S. Burroughs devised in his sci-fi novel, Soft Machine. Saijo developed Soft Machine Project as an idea of ‘program art,’ hoping to influence artists to become aware of patterns in nature that serve as models for looking at, and organizing, a world view in a multi-faceted structure. Prospectus can be found at www.softmachineproject.com

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