Waking Giants

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Waking Giants is a yearlong project that will manifest in a larger than life, motion sensitive, animatronic figurative sculpture. It will involve a six-month learning period in Chicago, a two-month residency in Portugal, and a four-month period dedicated to planning and executing a Chicago-based installation. Ultimately, I hope to share a creative exploration of the anxious beauty in both nature and technology, and what happens when they intersect.

About This Project

Why robots?

Like probably everyone, I have a complicated relationship with technology. It feels like so many of our current world problems can be in some way connected to technological overreach. But technology has also made many wonderful, life-saving things possible. I know this personally.

For three decades, I lived with significant physical pain and limited mobility. I have always known that I would need brutal surgery, where they tear you apart and put you back together with metal, so you’re a little closer to being a robot. In 2018, I had both my knees replaced. I am part titanium now. My sense of distance has expanded; my imagination has too.

Of course, technology and the power it provides can be abused. The physical waste created by ever more progress has real and lasting effects on our environment. Whatever we make—whether it’s an object or a situation—isn’t going anywhere. It exists, and it influences what happens next.

Waking Giants is about confronting what we have created, which ultimately means confronting ourselves. I want to portray this idea in the form of a giant humanoid figure created out of pre-used materials; a figure that moves by itself, in response to the viewer. 

To develop this project, I’ll be studying robotics, practicing with this technology, and working toward building the figures. My studies will include online learning resources, monthly mentorship meetings with a Powertrain Controls Architect and Robotics Coach, and fabrication experience at Pumping Station One maker space. This summer I am attending the Buinho Maker Lab residency in Messejana, Portugal. With your support, Waking Giants will premiere at the new physical location of Agitator Gallery, where I am a co-founder, in fall 2022. Contributions will help cover materials, studio space, equipment, and travel expenses.

I look forward to inviting donors along with me on this creative journey and sparking conversations about how we manifest our collective futures from here, and what that might look like.

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $10
    Bi-weekly, personalized access to project update videos ($10.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $35
    Above, plus a digital figure drawing by Gretchen Hasse ($25.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $75
    Above, plus an original figure sketch on paper by Gretchen Hasse, plus the project update videos ($15.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $125
    Above, plus an original, 3-D gesture study ($15.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $250
    Above, plus VIP tickets for you and a guest to a pre-exhibit premiere of the final installation ($40.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500
    Above, plus invitation to a studio visit with Gretchen Hasse (in person or via Zoom) and a personalized video call while in residence from Portugal ($290.00 is tax deductible.)

Gretchen Hasse

Make a Wave Artist

Gretchen Hasse is a storyteller working in comics, collage, public art, and moving images. She has exhibited work throughout Chicago, and her films have been shown in New York City, Berlin, London, and computer screens everywhere. She curates with Agitator …

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