Conceptual Art

I have been exploring what audiences bring to narratives in an interactive context with a variety of collaborators, including Kary Hess.

Lost Roomba

It’s fun to play on contemporary anxieties regarding artificial intelligence. Where better to start than with the concept of a lost Roomba? It must happen, right? This experiment was conceived with Kary Hess after half a bottle of wine as a means of professing my love for my Roomba. We used the Burner app for iPhone to […]

Stairwell Video

Daedalus Howell & Kary Hess | Multimedia Installation & Performance | 2016 Stairwell Video recreated an 80s-era, VHS-only video store and invited participants to “rent” a video for the night – but the video can never be returned (the video store vanished in the night, erased like magnetic media and the dreams of a generation). […]

Haunted Retainer

Haunted Orthodontic Retainer

Inspired by The Significant Objects project and “Etsy witch” Malibu Ron, I attempt to create my own significant, if haunted, object via the power of story.

Airport Bar

Daedalus Howell & Kary Hess | Multimedia Installation & Performance | 2017 ‘Airport Bar’ Conceptual Art Experience Flouted Trump’s Travel Ban with Drinks & Drollity “Airport Bar invites the public to ‘acknowledge what it means to be trapped in the bureaucratic purgatory of international travel in the only place where humanity still feels as one when […]

Meditation for Commuters

Meditation for Commuters

“I am Clover, that is my vision name. My totem animal is the skink. This is my podcast for mindful driving, ‘Meditation for Commuters.’ Episode One: Traffic. Take a few minutes of bliss to teach yourself how to meditate while driving. Note: Please KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. DO NOT ATTEMPT ON THE 405.”

Interactive Fiction

Write or Drink

An Interactive Fiction Experiment. I built this game (really more of a brief experimental, interactive fiction of the choose-your-own-adventure variety) using Twine, which bills itself as an “open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.” The interface was intuitive and the execution was quick. You can download the results, Write or Drink? at interactive game hosting platform […]

Lost & Found Pages

Lost and Found Pages

When I lived in Los Angeles, I would frequently discover stray screenplay pages littering the streets. I saved them all and with my ArtsID co-host Gretchen Giles, am pleased to present a staged reading of these pages, complete with cast and soundtrack provided by the fine folks of KRCB 91 FM, Cotati, CA. Since I […]

Blank Book

Like many creative people, I’m attracted to the possibilities and promise of a handsome new notebook. I’ll scribble a few pages of the next Great American Novel then abandon the notebook, leaving the pages containing little more than writerly shame. What’s worse, is I’ll repeat the process the next time I wander into the blank […]

Le Drama Clüb

An Immersive Narrative Experience by Kary Hess and Daedalus Howell It’s a story of love, loss, leather and so many clove cigarettes against a backdrop of Reaganomics,  the Berlin Wall, and the burgeoning AIDS epidemic. Into this tumult, Le Drama Clüb formed — or would’ve if it were real. Instead, its members, songs, images, and […]

Daedalus Howell wrote here.

Daedalus Howell wrote here.

“Daedalus Howell wrote here.” Installation. Engraved, 1″ x 3″ silver-colored, self-adhesive plastic nameplate, installed June 14, 2023, at La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge, Petaluma, California. 1 of 2. As part of my nascent “Places of Future Historic Relevance Project,” I commemorate places of significant personal inspiration and productivity with placards. The effort underscores the importance […]

Nobo Coffee

Nobo Coffee was that rare conceptual art project that you could drink. Based in a conceptual café in a conceptual neighborhood. It’s brewed in a surrealist café in the “North Boulevard” area of our town, an arts district we contracted into a name reminiscent of SoHo, SoMa, and Dada all at once: NoBo. Though Nobo […]