ArthropodaChordataConiferophyta (2013-14) is a work of “afterlife” cinema that seeks to reanimate the residues, record and archives of lost ecological memory. The “afterlife” cinema performance explores the intertwined cycles of life to the afterlife through sensorial access to complex biological, ecological and biogeographic residues across a spectrum of scales from the phylogenomic to the biospheric. The work explores the re-animation of the digital/visual residues of lost and endangered lifeforms from three phyla: Arthropoda (endangered and lost insects), Chordata (the cascade of bird extinctions in the 19th and 20th centuries), and Coniferophyta (the waning survival of ancient forests).
Sonic translations of these ecoinformatic sources form the foundation for the three movements of the work: movement 1, from the flight proteins of the extinct Rocky Mountain Locust (Melanoplus spretus); movement 2 from the bioenergetic proteins and DNA of the extinct Passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) and movement 3 from the oxygen scavenging proteins of the endangered Coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) of California. The performance and composition of the work utilizes authored transcoding software that translates the genetic/DNA and protein sequences from these species to equivalent sonic sequences and sound envelopes. The software is paired for performance with an interface of graphite circuitry drawn over the morphological lines from the organisms’ digitally scanned and printed forms. Sonic signals are routed, played and modified through these drawn circuits. This signal base is further mixed and channeled with video and audio recorded from the ecological spaces and visual residues of these lost and endangered species to complete composition and output.
Field research, audio and video recording of the work was conducted in the lost habitats and extinct nesting grounds of the Rocky Mountain Locust in Colorado and Wyoming, endangered and extinct Chordata habitats in Coastal California, Newfoundland and the Peruvian Andes and in the Coastal Redwoods of Northern California.
Recent venues for this work:
ArthropodaChordataConiferophyta”, Sound Science, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO
ArthropodaChordataConiferophyta”, Cornish Playhouse, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
“ArthropodaChordataConiferophyta”, MediaLive 2013, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
“ArthropodaChordataConiferophyta”, Currents 2013, 4th Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM