Stop Motion Workshop with Checko Salgado


It is not often that one gets to enjoy the cool and serene mountains on a hot Vegas summer day and meet 25 other people to produce a totally random stop motion video, but that is exactly what we did on August 10th 2013. Checko Salgado is one of Nevada’s most active photographers, there must be clones of him because I see him everywhere. He was also the best fit for this project as he often uses the burst features on his cameras to make some interesting stop motion like short videos and he is an easy going, great person to hang around with. Each participant was asked to bring something from their home as part of the stop motion set, we used the upper Lee Meadows in the Spring Mountains as the location. Fun was had and lots of exercise. The video shows multiple angles from the various cameras the public brought, we had all types of cameras: Point and shoot, smart phones, go-pro’s, and DSLR’s. I had to think about how to emphasize each angle while editing this video and came up with a different tonality for each angle, I added some original music of mine for the audio bed which I thought fit well with the Da Da’ esque experiment that happened as a result of the day’s activities. I also added a time lapse movie at the end to illustrate how by accident this experiment turned out to be a great cardio exercise. This will be the last Wildlife Divide post for some time so enjoy and hope to see you soon once again up on Mt Charleston.


David Sanchez Burr

The Wildlife Divide






Wildlife Divide: Sound Drawings with Yasmina Chavez

Yasmina Chavez likes sound, sometimes very loud sounds. So it comes as no surprise that when she was invited to do a workshop at Mt Charleston she had participants create visual interpretations of sound while blindfolded.

Here is the description of the project:

This project will ask participants to investigate the visual aspects of sound by eliminating sight. There are two parts to the project. The first is drawing sound and the second sculpting it. The participants will wear a blindfold made of white material to obscure vision but not eliminate light with the purpose of creating a placid environment and not evoke fear. This will heighten their sense of sound by eliminating any visual distractions. They will then be asked to interpret what they hear and create a visible version of it through drawing and sculpting.

During the drawing and sculpting sessions the participant will get two sound experiences to interpret. One will come from an album of my choice and the other will be the surrounding sound (nature’s album).

For the drawing session, each participant will get a white t-shirt. They will interpret the album I play for them on the front of the t-shirt and nature’s album on the back using a sharpie and pen. They will be asked to use hand movement to make marks as if the sound was wind and it was moving their hand around. The front of this t-shirt symbolizes our focus on the synthetic and the back symbolize the ever present nature that we sometimes loose sight of.

For the sculpting session, each participant will get two mounds of clay, one for each sound experience. They will be asked to use their hands as their interpretive tools and create a structure using strength and pressure. They will then be asked to find objects and link them together.

This project is an investigation of our awareness on the synthetic vs. the natural. They are opposing sides but together make a whole. Each side is represented in the resulted works.

Everyone left with new knowledge and information about sound artists like William Basinski, Aren Ambarchi, Boards of Canada, and Fennesz which were playing on a battery driven turntable. In addition to the fun and relaxing experiment, the fabric Yasmina provided to draw on also happened to be wearable cotton t-shirts.




Bouse House textile workshop with Danielle Kelly

Our last workshop for 2013 was with artist Danielle Kelly. Her ongoing Bouse House project is a participatory and interactive art project that invites participants to sew new additions to the ever growing tapestry.

Bouse House was originally conceived in 2009 to celebrate the fictional founding of a new school for design, craft and fabrication in the rural town of Bouse, Arizona. History is re-written at the Bouse House School, modeled after what is imagined to have been a female-dominated, century old Bauhaus School. Existing sometime in a post-capitalist, post industrial future peopled by nomadic tribes, the female-dominated Bouse House recognizes the urgent demand for a resuscitation of the rigor, creativity, and feminine community that steered the original Bauhaus School via the hallowed Weaving Workshop.


Here are some of the participants and their creations:

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The Wildlife Divide comes to an end…. for now.

Over the past couple of years I have had the pleasure of organizing some art workshops and events with some incredible people on Mount Charleston. It started when the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area needed to fill a gap in their art programing. The area wanted to do something that would engage the public at large through art and serve as a vehicle to increased education and knowledge about the areas natural, scientific, and historic importance. After thinking through potential ideas I proposed the Wildlife Divide. I felt that todays art programming in the natural landscape needed to  address the increasing divide between the general knowledge of the biological and natural systems that maintain urban and natural areas, and the scientific research in these areas I felt that people could directly engage with those that do the research. There was an opening to design instructional art projects that would thread through the theme of urban and natural environments, and investigate how these ecologies could someday connect in ways that are both sustainable and conscious of preservation. Although this project started in Mt Charleston it has become increasingly evident that the Wildlife Divide could be useful anywhere where there is a need to build community consciousness in respect to preservation,wildlife, the arts, urbanism, and our modern technological times.

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Over the course of two years there were a total of eleven workshops each inviting a visiting artist from the region and often a naturalist or representative from participating regional and national organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, Great Basin Institute or the Southern Nevada Conservancy.The participants would learn important information about natural, geological and historical relevant to the area and participate in a unique workshop that built on the concept of the Wildlife Divide.

One of the activities  designed for the Fall Festival on two consecutive years was the collage mosaic, in 2012 the themed tree was the Pinyon Pine, 2013 was the year for the Bristlecone Pine . I will be posting the last of the few projects over the course of the next few days here are the time lapse videos of the mosaics. The mosaic was made by visitors who created a collage on a panel based on the image that corresponded to the grid.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Wildlife Divide happen.



Pinyon Pine 2012



Bristlecone Pine 2013