Life appears to emerge in patterns of pixels in this demonstration of the “Video Feedbackteria” phenomena, seen within an interactive projection at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. These strange behaviors occur between a video camera and projector, without a computer.
Lead fragments left in the remains of hunter-shot game can be lethal to scavenging wildlife. This hunter education video encourages the switch to copper ammunition, in compliance with California law. It’s been well received by many hunting communities and we’ve recently made this video available online.
In the Summer of 2012, Jonathan Smith and I witnessed a massive wild bee hive, which immediately became a creative muse. Interested in what research indicated about how bees work with heat, we borrowed a thermographic camera to see for our selves on 12/12/2012, as part of the One Day On Earth global documentary project. The results are startling, giving a view deep into a singular biological system. Since then, we recorded this strange structure and its residents in our production of the “Bee Cell”, a major video installation for the “Swarm” exhibit at Lotusland in Montecito, California. onedayonearth.org lotusland.org/node/352
Getting up close with these birds and the people who have committed to saving their species has been rewarding on all levels. I was a cinematographer and researcher for this documentary and am pleased to see it reach an audience, most recently at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where it premiered. Congratulations to director Jeff McLoughlin! http://condordoc.com
I’ve had the pleasure of producing 25 short videos for the David Bermant Foundation’s collection of kinetic and media art for a biography DVD. Each piece serves to give the experience of being in the room with the piece, while offering a closer sense of its workings. Virtually Wise is emblematic of one of my favorite early video artists.
Jan Hamber has officially worked with the California Condor Recovery Program since 1976, seeing both heart-break and hope. Last week we had the pleasure of interviewing her the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum and recording some readings from early field notes. It’s an inspiration to listen to stories from someone who’s made a real difference in giving a fighting chance to a species on the brink of extinction. http://condordoc.com/
Joe Andrieu approached me to help him communicate his company’s complex product to investors and tech executives. We had 5 days before a conference he wanted to screen it at, so we knew we’d need a lot of caffeine and a little humor to get us there. I even cameo.
Illustrations by Molly Hahn: onepluseverything.com
The Portable Context: portablecontext.org
By the end of the process of shooting this piece for Santa Monica Visitors Bureau I was ready to stay for a vacation. The Farmers Market is the largest I’ve seen and I could have recorded the shapes and colors in every tent.
Getting into the backcountry to record these incredible birds has been a highly rewarding experience. This California condor was recorded at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, where the US Fish and Wildlife team catches, releases, and monitors the health of the regional population. See more about the documentary project at http://shadowofthecondor.com