Item number: G19-JTR-14


This project is a collaboration between Jayson Randall and Heather Friedli for the 5th Annual Co-Lab at the Show Gallery in St. Paul, MN.

An Auspex is a prognostigator that interprets omens derived from the observation of birds.

Drawing on her family's native Anishinaabe heritage, Heather painted a 20' long fabric scroll that depicts the "Seven Fires Prophecy" featuring bird patterns.

Jayson created an interactive arcade style machine that allows the painting to be played as if it were a video game.

Housed in a video game cabinet, the scroll can be moved to view different parts of the story by use of a joystick on the front panel.
The scroll is painted with regular fabric dye as well as ultra-violet dye, which glows when illuminated by UV black-light.
Manipulation of  the multiple lighting buttons on the front panel,  reveal certain aspects of the story that cannot be seen with regular lighting.
Actual bird song recordings were used to enhance the interactive experience of Auspex.

Overall size is 72”H x 26”W x 36”D

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