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Cloud Vessels is a collaboration between Nova Jiang and Jamie O’Shea aimed at serving desertair water to guests from glass clouds. The project took place in 02011 near EbM’s desolate desert property in Rio del Oro, NM, a few yards from where Scott Oliver’s project, A New Horizon, was installed in 02013. Desert clouds passing over the project site were photographed, and Jiang hired a local glassblower to create drinking vessels based on selected cloud forms. O’Shea constructed an experimental atmospheric water generator, powered by his inexpensive solar concentrator, the “Caloris Basin.” A series of water-tasting parties were hosted in the desert, where guests drank water gathered from the air from glass “cloud vessels.”
Nova Jiang (b. 1985, China) creates work that encourages the tactile and creative participation of the audience, resulting in structurally open systems in which joy, disorder and improvisation can thrive. She holds a MFA in media art from UCLA. She has had recent exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung; ICC, Tokyo; Ars Electronica, Linz; Media City Seoul Biennial, Seoul; 01SJ Biennial, San Jose; Sundance New Frontier, Park City among other venues. She is the recipient of Fellowships from Skowhegan, Eyebeam and Wave Hill. She is the recipient of an honorary mention at Prix Ars Electronica 02012. She grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Jamie O’Shea is an inventor. He makes semantic machines and believes that all machines are semantic. He loves the things, like memory, that cannot be automated and strives in vain to automate them.
Cloud Vessels was made possible by The Lab, San Francisco, Arthur Pembleton, and Janet Stott, and in collaboration with the International Symposium of Electronic Art 2012 (ISEA2012).