Year completed 2009 Medium Video/Audio/Animation Dimensions 11:30 Projected or Large Monitor

Art can tell stories. For years I would talk about injustice by reciting numbers and statistics. When you say, “We have over 2.3 million people in prison,” it’s a large number to comprehend. Doing research at a prison issues-themed residency at the Blue Mountain Center in New York, I found some maps that I felt could help tell the story. This project shows the proliferation of the US prison system if seen from a celestial point of view. Using different colors to indicate different eras, the viewer can clearly see the astonishing growth of this system over time.

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Timeline: Green Dots: 1778-1900 Yellow Dots: 1901-1940 Orange Dots: 1941-1980 Red Dots: 1981-2005

Credits: Paul Rucker - Concept, Music Composition and Performance Nathan Eyring - Animation? Aaron Bourget- Video Editing? Rose Heyer - Research? Troy Glessner - Music Mastering

Screenings: Monroe Correctional Complex – Monroe, WA – Screening / Live Performance, 2011 Vermillion Gallery – Seattle, WA – 2011 Alcatraz – San Francisco, CA – Video Screenings and Live Performance, 2011 Nova School – Seattle, WA, 2010 The Stone – New York, NY – DVD Release, 2010 Cornish College of Art – Seattle, WA, 2009

Posters: Proliferation Poster Proliferation Poster

Special Thanks: Blue Mountain Center - Prison Issues Residency • Fellow Activists of the Prison Issues Residency • Peter Wagner • Prison Policy Initiative • Prisoners of the Census • Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship • Cornish College of the Arts Jess Van Nostrand

Next project: Strange Fruit - Solo Cello Performance Video

Previous project: Four Score

Fall 2012

AiR Residency

Headlands Center for the Arts
Sausalito, CA


Artist in Residence

Tacoma, WA

Oct 6, 2012 8am–5pm

Race, Education, and Criminal Justice Conference

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Featured speaker/cello performance

Nov 1, 2012 6:30–8:30PM

Artist Trust 2012 Awards Party

Seattle Center: Experience Music Project
Recognition of the Conductive Garboil Grant
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