LAZIZA & WILLIAM LAZIZA
Window is a solar powered kinetic sculpture by William and Kathleen Laziza
located at The Micro Museum on the second floor at 123 Smith Street in
Downtown Brooklyn. It is free to the veiwing public and is operational
(weather depending) 10 am - 10 pm. The work operates in two ways. There
are 2 panels associated with the sculpture. One collects power for daily
operation. The second panel collects energy for nightime playback capability.
HOW TO LOCATE
The Micro Museum is located at 123 Smith Street between Dean and Pacific
Streets in Downtown Brooklyn. It is close to the F & G subway lines
at the Bergen Street exit. The Micro MUseum is less than 2 blocks from
the subway station. It is within a short walking distance to BAM, the
Brooklyn Bridge and MetroTech Center.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
William and Kathleen Laziza are the founding artists of the Micro
Museum - an working lab for hundreds of Tri-State artists. They
are interdisciplinary artists working in kinetic sculpture, performance
art, video art and applied creativity through technology. Their work was
selected by the NY TImes to be the example of "Art of the Future"
for their Millennium section published January 1, 2000. They were the
DCTV's first cyber-artists in residence for 2001. Now they offer a monthly
guided tour of their interactive installations on "Odd Sundays"
(next dates are April 21, May 19 and June 23). In January 2002, Odd Sunday
received a feature article in Time Out NY's Around Town section. The article
by Beth Greenfield was entitled "Small Wonder"
As interdisciplinary artists we are inspired by the quality of the ingredients
used to make our independent work. For example in our latest video art
work "The Crystal Box", we featured the improvisational music
from Ghosts of the Canal and the specialized dancing from members of the
Laziza Electrique Dance Co. We then mixed these images virtually and literally
through visual instruments that fragment or distort the captured images
and transformed them into textural patterns by mapping their forms onto
3d shapes. This example of work is quite different than other pieces we
have created which utilizes sound techonology and communications as well
as interactive visual art. We are proudly uncatagorical and feel that
we represent a 21st century attitude toward towards art, object and objective.
Our interest in solar energy began in the early 1970's when we first designed
solar fountains and other kinetic devises. AC/DC Window has been operational
since 1994 in a variety of configurations. As artists we are interested
in new applications and discussions revolving around energy. To see more
examples of our solar powered art check out gallerythe.org
- look for William and Kathleen Laziza's art either through the archives
or as part of the past artists catagory.