FOUNDER, Tanya Vlach
Trans-disciplinary artist, Tanya has an extensive background in dance, theater, media, and literary arts. She has produced and curated several multidisciplinary arts events with her company, Colibrita Productions throughout the Bay Area.
In 2005 Tanya was found on the side of the road unconscious from a severe car-accident. Since losing her left eye and her brush with death, Tanya changed the direction of her work to the more personal dealing with perception, identity, and transformation. Besides writing and creating multimedia pieces exploring these themes, it led to the the sci-fi idea of an augmented technological upgrade of her prosthetic eye. An artistic experiment in building a miniature recording wireless device to be implanted in her prosthetic eye, Tanya is currently in development with her engineering team to build a prototype. This eye-camera is not only a way for her to transform her lost eye from a traumatic car accident bionically, but a conceptual and transdisciplinary experiment merging media and performance.
Tanya balances her technological and artistic experimentations with teaching media literacy to youth, as well as organizing large scale community art events for Art Inner Sunset in the Sunset District neighborhood of San Francisco where she was born and raised.
Mission: The Eye-Camera project’s goal is to advance the science of the bionic eye and assistive medical devices for individuals who have lost vision in one or both eyes.
A recent start-up generated from the public response to a Call for Engineers to help a one-eyed woman’s plight to regain vision for her left eye that she lost in a car accident.
➢ Technology to advance the bionic eye.
➢ Medical Assistive devices for the visually impaired.
High quality imaging, wireless, sensor, and communication capabilities.
Looking for ways to heal trauma; EyeTanya is a multi-disciplinary approach to transformation. EyeTanya are captured moments (photography & video) rediscovery of sight, peripheral empitness, and what revelations can come out of acknowledging what we take for granted. The journey of recovery from trauma in the United States is convoluted with debt, bureaucratic institutions, societal ignorance … EyeTanya are words of self-documentation (writing & video) of this process, while the stigma is deep …EyeTanya are also images (photography) parodying and defying labels of disability in an effort to free oneself by reinvention. And finally through performances and time-capturing devices (live multimedia performance, writing, & feature length film) EyeTanya is a model to mythologize oneself by creating the story for a future identity.
INTENT: My Camera Eye
I am attempting to recreate my eye with the help of a miniature camera implant in my prosthetic / artificial eye. The intraocular installation of an eye-cam will substitute for the field vision of my left eye that I lost in 2005 from a car accident. While my prosthesis is an excellent aesthetic replacement, I am interested in capturing on the current advancement of technology to enhance the abilities of my prosthesis for an augmented reality.
Bridging new technology to vision and an experience of mediated reality to express new ways for storytelling and imagery. A true point of view project installing a camera in a prosthetic eye will challenge ways in which we document cinema verite, and will also inevitably provoke dialogue around rights of privacy, surveillance, and transhumanism. The eye-camera project while controversial, is also a means of transforming a loss into a gain.