The Installation Project at Windward

The Visual Arts & Media Department presents The Installation Project at Windward, an annual artist-in-residency for installation and new media artists to create work in an exciting educational setting. Artists are invited to work with Windward students and to share their working processes and ideas with faculty, parents, and the entire Windward community. Work on the installations occurs between artist and students in Windward's Held & Bordy Family Gallery.

2015 Installation Project: Micah Silver


This year we are pleased to announce an installation by new media artist Micah Silver.
 
The Visual Arts Department at Windward School presents The Installation Project at Windward, a unique opportunity for installation and new media artists to create artwork in an exciting educational setting. Artists are invited to work with students and share their working processes and ideas with teachers, parents, and the entire Windward community. 
 
Micah’s work explores changes in place and unusual senses of time while centering on air as a compositional material. His most recent works have explored time-based forms in the absence of sounds and are often structured from the perspective of a composer. His installations typically present a set of conflicting messages encircled by a larger social concern. 
 
A 16-foot barrel-shaped rocket will serve as the focal point of Micah’s installation. The inside of the rocket will be lined with acoustic padding, providing spectators an intimate and quiet space for reflection. After seeing how the gallery was positioned within Windward's main office building, Micah decided the installation is best experienced self-sufficiently as one is passing through the space.
 

“For me it’s all about questions. I am all about making worlds. This installation I am creating at Windward is more of a thing as it is a little more contained, but it is still a world nonetheless.”


Micah's work points towards way of thinking that strategically emphasize the importance of an increasing sense of what's possible, an awareness of alternative. 

“What was attractive about Micah's work was its sophistication -- conceptually and technically, he is working at a very high level in regards to the ideas that the work is about but also the materials -- he works with air, sound, odor, and space in ways that are pretty unusual," said Visual and Media Arts Chair Jeff Miller. 

"We want to find artists that are really relevant and contemporary. Our goal for the Installation Project is to find an artist that can work with the space and create something on campus for that space. We also want to be a part of its creation, and that is how Micah works."
Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.