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Dirksen Awards

November 4th, 2011

Thanks to my mom, dad and Emily for coming out to join me at the award ceremony at the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

That was truly one of the nicest receptions I’ve ever attended and I have to thank the Smithsonian, VSA, the Kennedy Center, and Volkswagen for being amazing in making it happen. But I’d like to especially thank all of the artists I met this week–your work and stories were truly inspirational and have packed my head with ideas. I can’t wait to keep up with all of you as your careers progress!

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Enter Videopong

July 4th, 2011

I am now officially a partner of Videopong—a website that is quickly becoming a game-changer in the world of video art and VJ (video jockey) culture. Videopong does a lot of things; perhaps most importantly it is an online hub where people can share, download, and remix thousands of videoclips for use. When uploading clips, users can pick from multiple Creative Commons licenses, dictating how their work can subsequently be used (public domain, attribution required, etc)

Videopong also provides a customized online clip mixing tool (Onyx), a desktop-based browsing program (VPdude), and a portable server that runs a hardware version of the Videopong database for festivals and other events.

One of the best things about Videopong is the “share to download” philosophy. If you just hop on there and start downloading everyone’s work, it’s going to stop you and tell you to upload more clips. In doing so it’s creating a community that has quickly grown to thousands of VJs around the globe… with more to come! I hope to help continue that trend as things grow.

You’ll be seeing many updates in the coming months!

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Wielding My Axe

May 23rd, 2011

Amazing trip to Knoxville this weekend with Emily (complete with cruising around in a 2011 Porsche) to visit runawayalice and Speed Racer. Just great times, all around. (See runawayalice’s awesome recap of the weekend here)

We hit up Cades Cove in Smoky Mountains Park and I got to do some more testing with my Glidetrack rig! It’s so amazing. I can’t believe the difference the combo of the Glidetrack and my new tripod make.

As it was the day of the rapture, this test video is pretty appropriate (I may have made several videos in the same spot that I’m going to actually use in the future… this one’s just too creepy to ever use anywhere else. Seriously. You just expect some text to appear on the headstone with your name on it or something). What you probably won’t see is the swarm of bugs all around me as I was lying in the grass. Midway through I actually had to close my eyes to keep them out…yuck.

But yeah, basically, my camera is mounted to a piece on a long metal track and I’m just kinda pushing it up the track steadily. It takes a lot of work to make things look smooth! I’m slowly getting the hang of it though. My current method is to set up a cool final shot, set up a cool initial shot, and just slowly transition between the two.

I shot this video with an EF 1.4 50mm lens and it came out perfectly. I did have some fun playing around with one of Run Away Alice’s L-series lenses, though… there might be one in my future. But… preamp first! Actually, house first! (Viewfinder first? Follow focus? New computer for installations? AHHH.)

I can’t stress enough how beautiful the park is. You drive around a large circle and the park is all around you. There’s plenty of wildlife and it’s the perfect place to go on a beautiful day.

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Artisphere a Go!

October 24th, 2010

Hey everyone—just wanted to send out a quick note that everyone should really check out Artisphere, whether you’re going to see my work or not (it’ll be there until Nov. 6 if you want to see it!) The space is great for hanging out, viewing art, and attending great lectures and events. Personally I’ve been to the Burst! party, a talk by Sans Facon, the Bluebrain concert, the open house days, and other random nights also. It’s only a couple blocks from Rosslyn Metro, and definitely worth checking out!

Inside the galleries, I’m a big fan of many works. Two things that have stood out to me are Pete McCuthcen’s Surfaces and Lia Halloran’s works in the Skateboarding Side Effects gallery.

Check them out! And of course, I won’t complain if you stop by and see my piece, Digital Synthetic! More details are at www.artisphere.com

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Inner Ears and Artispheres

October 8th, 2010


Three pieces of wood…now on display at Artisphere

OK, obviously joking a bit… that’s my display in progress for Digital Synthetic, which opens tomorrow at the Artisphere. A quick funny story: I tried to find some parking so that I could run into Artisphere and ask them where the best place to park would be to unload everything. The attendant gave me a spiel about how they were closing soon, and I explained that I didn’t care and just needed to run inside a nearby building. He looked in the back of the car and immediately looked panicked, flagging down a nearby cop. She, in turn, called over more cops. “I need your identification IMMEDIATELY.” They apparently thought it was a bomb (this is why I should never wear hoodies). I tried explaining that it was an art installation. “If it’s art, then WHY ARE THERE WIRES?” Oh dear. It took a while to talk my way out of that and for them to search my car, asking about all the wires. I was eventually allowed to go walk to Artisphere and say hi… when I came back, they were still at my car! “Can I go now?” “Only if you take your car out this way, immediately.” Deal.

Anyway, everything is now installed and looking great! There are events all weekend, including the Burst party Saturday night and the open house Sunday and Monday. Come say hi! Everyone that I’ve met there has been incredibly cool. The details are all here: http://www.artisphere.com

My work is in the Works in Progress gallery. There, you’ll be able to check out a bunch of cool installations, and get insight into the creative process behind each. It’s a really interesting exhibit.

I won’t be there for the entire open house on Sunday because Brittany Jean is recording at the legendary Inner Ear Studios with Kyle Downes. He’s recorded Casper Bangs, Greenland, The Dance Party, and our friends The Silver Liners. I can’t wait! I’m so happy with our songs and I think that the recordings are going to sound incredible. There are a ton of posts to come on Digital Synthetic and Brittany Jean… and countless other topics! Stay tuned! (If you’re into this sort of thing, I’ll be tweeting updates on this whole crazy weekend!)


The final product

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First-Time Homeowner

September 24th, 2010

Yes, this is a picture of the website you are already looking at... so sue me if I wanted to try out the picture function.

I imagine that I’m feeling like a first-time homeowner right now… after renting from the WordPress.com apartment for a year, I’ve finally moved out and purchased my first home, complete with a pretty paint job: willcopps.com. Now to fill it with new furniture, right?

Willcopps.com is a hub for music, videos, installations, and the day-to-day tales of pushing forth and building my career as an artist. It’s also a hub to write about you as we work together. I’m sure you will hear of many supporting characters as this goes, and if you’re reading this, you’re likely to be one of them. (There’s good pressure to keep reading, right? Being self-centered? I won’t judge… I just named my website after myself…)

I can’t promise anything, really, except all of my effort and a healthy dose of strange.

Up above this post you will find tags: “Music,” “Installations,” etc. That way you can filter if you only want to check out one specific topic that I write about. Way up at the top, you’ll find links to different pages… there’s not a lot of content around yet, but there will be more and more as we go!

If you have suggestions, please drop a line (or comment! Exciting!) I want this site to be as great as possible, and this is my first try at designing something like this.

I’d like to thank Timothy at WebVitals for making all of this coding possible, and adapting to my ridiculous design requirements!

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