Illinois River Project

2006-Present

Catching invasive fish in Illinois River, Invasive fish decomposition, fishbone meal, soil testing, environmental remediation in South Bronx, 2006-2018

Artist photobook, 100 pages, 17 x 11 inches [43,1 x 29,7 cm], 2017

The Illinois River Project is an interdisciplinary project that aims to better the lives of individuals with a criminal record through confronting the ecology of the Illinois River, generating compost and clean up polluted soil. These seemingly disparate issues are actually intimately related and, I believe, are cyclically intertwined. It is my artistic advantage to work with and across different sectors and constituents that I believe will make a meaningful impact to each of these circuits.

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Asian Carp Catch

2017

Gyotaku (ink on Japanese rice paper), 33.5 x 18 inches [ 85 x 45.75 cm], series of 5, 2017

Acquisition Prototype #3.1 Vó Bè

2016

Bamboo, fishing net, 28 x 6 x 18 feet [8,53 x 1,82 x 5,48 m], 2016

Traditional Việt fishing apparatus constructed and donated to a community pond in Củ Chi, Việt Nam

Acquisition Prototype #2.1 Nearsighted Porcupine

2016

Football pads with fishing spears, jetski helmet, 3D camera, 50 watt megaphone, media player with sine wave audio track, fishing net, 2016

Prototype #2, River Rat, is a wearable solution to invasive carp in the Illinois waterway. Part defense, part solution for reducing the overpopulation of invasive carp that jump from the water, River Rat is an inexpensive and practical suit.

Presented

Redneck Fishing Tournament
Bath, Illinois
July 2016

 

Conversion Prototype #1.2 Aquatic Vermiculture

2016

Mosquito net, black soldier flies, plastic container, Speedrail, 35 gallon aquarium, convict cichlids, sump pump, PVC pipe, fluorescent daylight bulbs, fluorescent black light, light timer, heart-shaped philodendron, refrigerator, invasive carp, extension cords, 2016

A system that breaks down invasive carp bodies, feeds fish, cleans water with hydroponic plants

Presented in

Open Studios
Triangle Arts
Brooklyn, NY
December 2016

Agro-Alchemy

2017

Black soldier fly larva and flies in resin, 11 dia x 0.5 inches [29,5 dia x 1 cm], 2017

Black soldier flies have gained status as a rapid waste processor, replacing other forms of composting and vermicultures at agriculture sites. The byproduct is applicable as soil amendment; the larva serve as chicken feed; as a source of protein, they are being tested for human consumption.

The black soldier flies are positioned in the alchemist symbol, the squaring of the circle, from larva to pupa to fly. The lifespan of a black soldier fly is about 6 weeks. The specimens used were non-vital.

Acquisition Prototype #1.2 Reproducible Vehicle At Any Nearby Home Depot Store

2015

Aluminum jon boat with additional fish-catching apparatus, wooden saw horses, 24 x 17 x 12 feet [7,3 x 5,2 x 3,6 m], 2015

Prototype #1 for catching sound-activated flying invasive Hypophthalmichthys molitrix.

The outboard motor scares the carp, causing them to leap from the water. Those which encounter the harp on the bow of the bow pound into the boat, turning the entire vessel into an acoustic device. The stake-studded protrusions present a wall of defense from the flying fish. This prototype is budgeted to be replicable for under $1,000 USD with components from the national chain Home Depot®. Lightweight and collapsible, prototype 1.2 is comprised primarily of aluminum. 

Anyone can download the instructions to make this vehicle here.

Hg (Mercury) Cycle

2015

Gold, cinnabar, mercury thermostat, fish roe, NYC rain water, human ashes, bricks from factories that smelt lead, plexiglass, 8 x 2.75 x 6 inches [20,32 x 5,08 x 15,24 cm], 2015

The included materials are sourced from the production, by-production, absorption and biomagnification of mercury’s through its cycle on planet earth. 

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Donald Hải Phú Daedalus grew up in the shadow of country's largest public observatory—an area so remote and sparsely populated that it served as the first plutonium-processing plant for the Manhattan Project. Shortly after the oldest human remains in North America were discovered near his hometown, Daedalus attended the University of Washington, where, coincidentally, the remains were to be held during the decade-long legal dispute between the native Kennewick tribe and anthropologists. In that time he completed studies in Continental and Applied Philosophy and interdisciplinary art degree. He was a Ferguson and Richardson Fellow.

In the post-911 climate that re-elected George W. Bush, Daedalus voluntarily expatriated to Spain, where the housing bubble ripened. Living in Barcelona, he studied Ildefons Cerdà's l'Eixample through painting, and drawing. Donald returned to the U.S. to complete his graduate studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he focused on new media, film and performance.

In New York, Daedalus was commission by Franklin Furnace to create Doppelgänger Effect, (2010/2011) which merged his interest in sight, urbanism, and sound. In 2012 he staged Doppler Shift, commissioned by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as a the continuation of the inquiries of Doppelgänger Effect. Concomitantly, he participated in Sound Development City's first expeditionary residency in Berlin, London, and Zurich, in which he presented Bottle Vox. Returning to New York, he joined Critical Practices, Inc., founded by the first generation Conceptual artist and art critic, Saul Ostrow.

In the fall of 2012, Donald founded Lugubrious New York, a digital artist book publishing platform later that year. The first publication was with British artist Steve Rosenthal.

In 2013 Daedalus held his first solo show in Latin America at LA Galeria in Bogotá, Colombia, entitled Imagined Bonds, Impossible Escape. He created glass sculptures for the exhibition, each capturing a stage in the evolution of the representation of black holes. The sculptures were made while in residence at Campos de Gutierrez, in MedellÍn, the former home to the notorious Pablo Escobar. While there, he was invited to document the world’s largest escalator, located in the impoverished Commune 11, which is the focus of his upcoming book on power and ambulation, and continuation of Waging on Aging Centurions.

A scholarship and residency at The Center for Book Arts brought Daedalus back to the U.S., where he presented bookEnd, a sculptural and digital meditation on the transference of information formats in the consumer economy. His 2014 work The Digization Of Information And Its Physical Components, led to a panel discussion on archival practices with D. Graham Burnett, Matt Wolf, Lyle Shaw, and Emilio Chapela.

The 2014 Whitney Biennial invited Critical Practices, Inc., to facilitate three round table discussions for the Whitney Biennial. Later that year Daedalus curated three discussions at First Street Green park, concerning public space. In 2016 he transitioned to archiving consultant for CPI. 

In 2015, Daedalus presented Acquisition Prototype 1.2 at the Bronx Biennial held at the Bronx Museum of Arts. Acquisition Prototype 2.1 launched at the Redneck Fishing Tournament in Bath, IL, in 2016. Acquisition Prototype 3.1 is permanently installed at a community pond in Củ Chi, Việt Nam.

Additionally, Donald has been a resident at the ISCP, Triangle Arts, Alfred University, and the Betsy Ross Hotel in Miami Beach. He has received support from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Puffin Foundation and a participant in the Buckminster Fuller Institute's Catalyst program. He's an environmentalist, composter and supports human rights through working with the Open Society Foundations, Fair Trials International and the Bronx Immigration Partnership

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

To arrive to new ideas I invent new tools. A tool can be a workflow or a physical instrument or a gamble; they may become part of the project which are being aided or may be discarded. Projects themselves may be tools for a subsequent project or previous endeavor. Even with tools, there may not be clear defined end points to my projects so failure is welcome while the possibilities are being played out. The physical instruments may be reimagined as a sculpture, the ready made or the repurposed; familiar materials include, but are not limited to: wood, glass, projectors, mercury, human remains, cinnabar, megaphones, bicycles, aluminum, cameras or photographs. I make videos in a similar fashion; they may be instrumental or exists as an end point, for a period of time. The genre of videos I create most closely resembles experimental documentary. Artist books have been crucial for me to answer this question of how to work when all works are basically in flux; the familiar format of the book allows me to have succinct beginnings and endings to projects that could otherwise sprawl for decades.

The motivation and inspiration for creative production most closely resembles suspicion. I'm suspicious of what I’ve read, seen or heard and think, "maybe if I visualize it, or visualize it differently, some confirmation or refutation can occur.” In essence, I’m thinking that seeing is believing, or believing is seeing (and that faith, the opposite of suspicion, has nothing to do with either believing nor seeing). At the same time you know it’s easiest to explain a plan by drawing a diagram in the dirt with a stick.

 

Work History (The First Decade)

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masking videogames celebrityworship repetitionvariation notstalgia bacchanal immortality John Kellogg health trends inevitabilty exhibitionconventions re-enactment perception Zeuxis Churchshitler Cold Reading Forever Young(Geary Street) FourwayEscher LOST[Time 1, 2, 3] age& aging narrativestructure Forever Young Bearing Uncool Cry Baby Killer Redux doubling echo urban-psycho-experience urbandesign ManhattanGrid socialrelationsthroughform Germanliterature movement movingimages Doppelganger Effect Buildingon Binaries Metacontrast hearingsoundwaves castle-building Olympics gentrification collaborativeaudio Berlin microphones radio concentrationof power movinglight catastrophe special effects late-nightworkers productionof the urbane Systemsof Physical Defense Bottle Vox Sound Construct(s/ed) Doppler Shift HardcopyTransmission 2012 seeingthe unseeable photography images digitalreaders inquisition models neurotransmittors ‘love’troubador astrophysics Imagined Bonds,Impossible Escape Access Error Tracinga Path of a Rayof Light urbanspace history of book organizationof information 2014 Bookend WagingOn AgingCentrions DiscoveryTo Sprawl authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too circuityof (digital)information historicalimaginary taboo tourismfinancialmodel ecology consumerismconsumption contemporary (?)deviant acts gametheory penology Alcatraz:Destination Prison Mi-Lieus DumpCycle DirtyOl Dayz PrisonersDilemma zoologicalperception unrehearsedperformances triump systems amateurism abridgement distillation firsttimes duration classwarfare representation ninjas Asians masking videogames celebrityworship repetitionvariation notstalgia bacchanal immortality John Kellogg health trends inevitabilty exhibitionconventions re-enactment perception Zeuxis Churchshitler Cold Reading Forever Young(Geary Street) FourwayEscher LOST[Time 1, 2, 3] age& aging narrativestructure Forever Young Bearing Uncool Cry Baby Killer Redux doubling echo urban-psycho-experience urbandesign ManhattanGrid socialrelationsthroughform Germanliterature movement movingimages Doppelganger Effect Buildingon Binaries Metacontrast hearingsoundwaves castle-building Olympics gentrification collaborativeaudio Berlin microphones radio concentrationof power movinglight catastrophe special effects late-nightworkers productionof the urbane Systemsof Physical Defense Bottle Vox Sound Construct(s/ed) Doppler Shift HardcopyTransmission 2012 seeingthe unseeable photography images digitalreaders inquisition models neurotransmittors ‘love’troubador astrophysics 2013 Imagined Bonds,Impossible Escape Access Error Tracinga Path of a Rayof Light authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too circuityof (digital)information historicalimaginary taboo tourismfinancialmodel ecology consumerismconsumption contemporary (?)deviant acts gametheory penology Alcatraz:Destination Prison Mi-Lieus DumpCycle DirtyOl Dayz PrisonersDilemma zoologicalperception unrehearsedperformances triump systems amateurism abridgement distillation firsttimes duration classwarfare representation ninjas Asians masking videogames celebrityworship repetitionvariation notstalgia bacchanal immortality John Kellogg health trends inevitabilty exhibitionconventions re-enactment perception Zeuxis Churchshitler Cold Reading Forever Young(Geary Street) FourwayEscher LOST[Time 1, 2, 3] age& aging narrativestructure Forever Young Bearing Uncool Cry Baby Killer Redux doubling echo urban-psycho-experience urbandesign ManhattanGrid socialrelationsthroughform Germanliterature movement movingimages Doppelganger Effect Buildingon Binaries Metacontrast hearingsoundwaves castle-building Olympics gentrification collaborativeaudio Berlin microphones radio concentrationof power movinglight catastrophe special effects late-nightworkers productionof the urbane 2012 Systemsof Physical Defense Bottle Vox Sound Construct(s/ed) Doppler Shift HardcopyTransmission 2012 authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too circuityof (digital)information historicalimaginary taboo tourismfinancialmodel ecology consumerismconsumption contemporary (?)deviant acts gametheory penology Alcatraz:Destination Prison Mi-Lieus DumpCycle DirtyOl Dayz PrisonersDilemma zoologicalperception unrehearsedperformances triump systems amateurism abridgement distillation firsttimes duration classwarfare representation ninjas Asians masking videogames celebrityworship repetitionvariation notstalgia bacchanal immortality John Kellogg health trends inevitabilty exhibitionconventions re-enactment perception Zeuxis Churchshitler Cold Reading Forever Young(Geary Street) FourwayEscher LOST[Time 1, 2, 3] age& aging narrativestructure Forever Young Bearing Uncool Cry Baby Killer Redux doubling echo urban-psycho-experience urbandesign ManhattanGrid socialrelationsthroughform Germanliterature movement movingimages 2011 Doppelganger Effect Buildingon Binaries Metacontrast authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too circuityof (digital)information historicalimaginary taboo tourismfinancialmodel ecology consumerismconsumption contemporary (?)deviant acts gametheory penology Alcatraz:Destination Prison Mi-Lieus DumpCycle DirtyOl Dayz PrisonersDilemma zoologicalperception unrehearsedperformances triump systems amateurism abridgement distillation firsttimes duration classwarfare representation ninjas Asians masking videogames celebrityworship repetitionvariation notstalgia bacchanal immortality John Kellogg health trends inevitabilty exhibitionconventions re-enactment perception Zeuxis Churchshitler Cold Reading Forever Young(Geary Street) FourwayEscher LOST[Time 1, 2, 3] age& aging narrativestructure 2010 Forever Young Bearing Uncool Cry Baby Killer Redux authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too circuityof (digital)information historicalimaginary taboo tourismfinancialmodel ecology consumerismconsumption contemporary (?)deviant acts gametheory penology Alcatraz:Destination Prison Mi-Lieus DumpCycle DirtyOl Dayz PrisonersDilemma zoologicalperception unrehearsedperformances triump systems amateurism abridgement distillation firsttimes duration classwarfare representation ninjas Asians masking videogames celebrityworship repetitionvariation notstalgia bacchanal immortality John Kellogg health trends inevitabilty exhibitionconventions re-enactment perception 2009 Zeuxis Churchshitler Cold Reading Forever Young(Geary Street) FourwayEscher LOST[Time 1, 2, 3] authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too circuityof (digital)information historicalimaginary taboo tourismfinancialmodel ecology consumerismconsumption contemporary (?)deviant acts gametheory penology 2008 Alcatraz:Destination Prison Mi-Lieus DumpCycle DirtyOl Dayz PrisonersDilemma authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures Fixed 7Deadly Sins beauty pornography production manipulationof images brandinga city biologicalproclivities socialvalues archive correspondence 2007 Canoato Canoe If I Were Beautifuland Symmetrical, Too authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) invasivespecies gestures 2006 Fixed 7Deadly Sins authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation Signatures Sun Spots culturalappropriation transformationof forms massproduction color onamonapia poetry 2005 Canoa/Kenu Light Studies Mediterranean Light Gran Metro (TMB) authenticity authorship mark making light visibility masterpiece copyingold masters appropriation 2004 Signatures Sun Spots

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