Mixed-media temporary installation with live microscopy
How can we imagine partnerships with unusual organisms on our changing planet? Scope: Theater of Collaborative Survival explores the relationship organisms have with their environment through the notions of toxicity, repair, and evolution over various scales of time and space. It is a mixed-media installation co-created with biologist Elizabeth Hénaff and multimedia artist Heather Parrish. It features interpretive tokens of human and microbial activity and their interactions: jars of Gowanus Canal sediment (Brooklyn, NY) and live laser microscopy of its inhabitants, photoreactive prints of multi-scale living environments, and generative multi-channel sonification of algorithmically-generated populations evolving at different time scales.
Sound designer, audio and lighting control system designer, design engineer, installation coordinator
Hardware: Cyanotype and UV-reactive prints on paper and frosted mylar, custom laser microscope, sediment jars, dynamic light fixtures, multichannel audio system, custom control hardware, computer.
Software: Python, Max/MSP
Photos: Mark Sullivan