Lauren Otis' Alchemical Projects is a web site, blog, and business centered on innovative media and artistic content. Creativity in multiple disciplines, and discourse on that creativity, is paramount.
Cell Phone/Pay Phone

Cell Phone/Pay Phone

Pay phones. They are ubiquitous in the built environment, some still functional. But more often, broken, ripped out, non-functional. The housings still stand, urban detritus, sculpture, sign post, a bit of all three. Something we walk past without noticing. I’ve started noticing them. An added poignancy, irony comes through documenting...
Trenton where we live

Trenton where we live

Trenton where we live from Lauren Otis on Vimeo. In the 1990s, I was a relatively recent transplant to Trenton. I was a young father, and during the week I had a long commute to my work in Hoboken. But on weekends, to unwind, I would take my camera and...
Roebling decay

Roebling decay

On one side of South Clinton Avenue in Trenton, former John A. Roebling Sons Co. buildings have been converted into offices and a retail marketplace. Once a year, in June, the adjacent Roebling Wire Works machine shop building plays host to Art All Night, Artworks’ 24-hour free art extravaganza. Across...
Kiss Kill

Kiss Kill

SLOW_001.mov from Lauren Otis on Vimeo.   KISS KILL (SLOW 001) Kiss Kill reflects the latent kindness, and malevolence, which lurks within all of us; that technologies evolve but human nature doesn’t; and that practice does not make perfect. A SLOW ART production, Kiss Kill is a collaboration with artist Andrew Wilkinson. Kiss...
Strong Brown God

Strong Brown God

I live by the Delaware River and kayak it regularly. It is truly a “strong brown god” as T.S. Eliot put it in his poem The Dry Salvages, from The Four Quartets. Choked with detritus, lined with concrete, spanned by bridges, ignored, the river is still a palpable and powerful...
Woven Heads

Woven Heads

Embarking on a new job in 2006, I came across a cache of old corporate head shots. These photographic prints were a pre-digital relic and, outdated in multiple ways, seemed destined for the dust bin. After throwing out several manila envelopes full, however, something made me stop, and bring them...
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Clangor

Clangor

Listen to: ClangAllNight by Alchemical Projects Clang All Night Sound sculpture I created in the spring of 2010 and displayed at Art All Night in Trenton, June 19 & 20, 2010.
Wine, beer, brandy, art?

Wine, beer, brandy, art?

The art of wine, the winemaker as artist … much time and energy has been expended parsing the question of whether the process of fermenting grape juice, and the libation which results in your glass, rises to the level of art. As I used to say in the tasting room of a winery I worked...
Sound is sculptural

Sound is sculptural

Substance out of nothing

Substance out of nothing

Art is an alchemical process. It is the building of an idea in the mind, the extension of that idea out into the world through the intellect, harnessing the senses, the realization of that idea in a communicative form. The creation of substance out of seemingly nothing, that is alchemy…and art. This is the story...
Life of Intrigue - Princeton Packet

Life of Intrigue – Princeton Packet

Life of Intrigue A Princetonian winds up in Thailand — and disappears! Published in TimeOff magazine, September 4, 2009 By Lauren Otis AS a distinctive and venerable institution Princeton University has bred its share of larger- than- life personalities but few have the magnetic and glittering aura of James H.W. Thompson, Class of 1928. Architect,...

Sippin’ Sangria – Princeton Packet

The basic combination of simple tart wine and sliced fruit is a timeless thirst-quencher   By Lauren Otis Published in Packet Magazine, June 2009 Few things conjure the languid pleasures of summer better that an image of two people sitting on a sun-dappled café patio, taking in the passing scene while sharing an ice-cold pitcher...

Sweet Finish – Princeton Packet

Elegant, complex and fun to drink, dessert wines are the perfect way to end a meal.   By Lauren Otis Published in Packet Magazine, April 2009 So, you’re a big fan of dessert, and you like wine, but when the two words are put together the result is a mystery to you. What exactly is...
Slated For Business - Princeton Packet

Slated For Business – Princeton Packet

A business made from slate, copper and family Over three generations, the Bregenzer family has built a thriving specialty roofing business. Their distinctive craftsmanship can be seen at every turn on the Princeton University campus. Published in Princeton Business Journal, October 16, 2007 By Lauren Otis, Business Editor It is a hot and humid September afternoon on...

We’ll Take Staten Island – Princeton Packet

We’ll Take Staten Island Published in TimeOff magazine, July 6, 2007 By Lauren Otis As my car traverses the Outerbridge Crossing, descending into Staten Island, I pop “Enter the Wu-Tang” into the tape player. The crazy, loopy sounds of one of the greatest rap groups of all time, who improbably emerged from this, the quietest and most enigmatic...

Wrapper’s Delight – Princeton Packet

Wrapper’s Delight Three partners produce creatively-designed gift paper that will rival the present inside. Published in Princeton Business Journal, November 14, 2006 By Lauren Otis The house on south Harrison Street is set back behind several large hedges, it’s shingled solidity fitting in well with its neighbors. The only clue to the creative enterprise which resides within...

House of Brews – Princeton Packet

Colonial beer brewing at Pennsbury Manor By Lauren Otis Published in TimeOff, October 20, 2006 Beer as breakfast food? For the kids? No, this isn’t an alien world, just the world of Colonial Pennsylvania in the 1600s. “Drinking beer was considered to be a very healthy habit. It had ‘spirit lifting’ qualities,” says Emily Schooley,...
Return to the River - Princeton Packet

Return to the River – Princeton Packet

Return to the River  Published in TimeOff magazine, July 21, 2006 By Lauren Otis Now this is why I live by the Delaware River, I think, as I push off into the current. When the river floods, as it did recently, it is enough to make anyone question their sanity in choosing to live alongside it. The...