2023. Arborealis is a light and sound installation designed to be presented in the forest at night. The piece uses Very Low Frequency recordings of atmospheric radio noise, along with synchronized lights against a background of trees to create an entrancing and meditative atmosphere. The plaque reads: These sounds are recordings of Very Low Frequency… Read more: Arborealis
- Interactive Sign with “Like” Button
2023. An interactive sign for a rotating public art display. The artwork changes multiple times per week. The electronic sign allows the name of the artwork, year, and medium to be updated easily by changing values in a Google Spreadsheet, which is synced wirelessly to the sign. The arcade button allows members of the public… Read more: Interactive Sign with “Like” Button
2022. As part of this collaborative project with Totally Legit, I created the lights and electronics for That-a-way, a large-scale Mutant Vehicle for Burning Man 2022.
- The Simpsons Colonoscopy Party
2021. The Simpsons Colonoscopy Party is an interactive electromechanical experience built by me and Jeffrey Larson. It is a one-of-a-kind machine in a stand-up arcade game format. The player acts as doctor giving Homer Simpson a colonoscopy. It’s better to think of it more as a ride than a game. Like a real colonoscopy, it’s… Read more: The Simpsons Colonoscopy Party
2022, 3’x2’x2’, wood, metal, mirror, servo, LEDs A kinetic light sculpture. Mirrored hexagons replicate patterns in undulating animation. Exhibited at Chain Gang group art show at Passable in 2022.
- UFO Chandelier
2021. Aluminum, electronics. Exhibited at Chandelier Dreams, Passable, 2021 and at Lusio 2021.
- Air Blaster Haunted House Effect
2020. As part of Totally Legit’s Mask Maze at Covid House of Horrors, I created this motion-activated air blaster effect to “cough” on participants as they navigated the maze. This involved automating the firing of an off-the-shelf air vortex cannon toy. This device was painted matte black and hidden from the audience. It was activated… Read more: Air Blaster Haunted House Effect
- Pocket Optus
2019, 8’x4’x4’, wood, optics, motors, LEDs, sculpting clay, miscellaneous found objects Created with Jeffrey Larson. The piece appears at first as a microscope with controls set on a large table. Looking through the eyepiece the viewer realizes there is much more than meets the eye. Hidden inside the table are multiple model worlds which the… Read more: Pocket Optus
- Borealis Breaks
2017. A sculptural installation featuring light and interactive sound elements. Exhibited at Electric Sky 2017. Created in collaboration with Jeffrey Larson. The interactive sound elements were created by taking ultrasonic positional readings of people passing nearby and feeding in to a live MIDI synthesis program created for the installation.
SOON is a microsite exhorting the viewer to consider their mortality and the legacy they will leave behind. Created in collaboration with Cierra Jade Gonzales.
- Skill Shot
Skill Shot is a pinball zine based in Seattle, publishing quarterly with a circulation of about 2500 printed issues. Skill Shot’s web presence includes a WordPress blog with multiple custom features: In addition to the web and mobile features I also contribute to layout of the zine in InDesign and also author a pinball-themed crossword… Read more: Skill Shot
- Bird Box/Stand With Our Checkers
2013. The Bird Box for Stand With Our Checkers, designed and launched in 48 hours, was a web-connected interactive hardware device to stimulate and react to discussion on Twitter. Built to withstand exposure to the elements and public crowds, this device provided live feedback to a protest crowd in Westlake Center in downtown Seattle.
- WTF has McGinn Done?
- En Plein Air Coffee Club
2014-2019. The En Plein Air Coffee Club (EPACC) was an informal gathering of cycle folk who like to drink coffee and play with camp stoves. Each week I posted directions to a new location for a Friday morning meeting. https://epacc.org/
- Bird Box/GreenDrinks
2014. The Bird Box for GreenDrinks is a web-connected interactive hardware device to stimulate and react to discussion on Twitter.
- Bird Box/Smash Putt
2013. The Bird Box for Smash Putt is a web-connected interactive hardware device to stimulate and react to discussion on Twitter. The Bird Box was designed to withstand a barroom atmosphere. This Bird Box was also used at the 2013 Seattle Mini Maker Faire.