projects/northumberland

I am working on large format archival prints this summer/fall from the behemoth formerly known as The Friend Feeder, now to be titled Mesocosm (Northumberland). Thanks Timothy Morton for introducing me to the term.  Morton, ‘dark ecologist’ looking at literature, ambient poetics, ecocriticism (and more),  authored two  texts I find really clarifying and expansive: the book  Ecology without Nature , and an amazing essay, Queer Ecology. He also keeps two blogs:

Ecology Without Nature
The Contemporary Condition

 

OK I just updated the page and files.
This is the latest, almost done.

The brilliant Veronique Brossier is working with me to create all the new code for this new piece I began in 09/09 at Eyebeam, and it’s in great shape.

Check out the work in progress here.  It’ll probably take a while to load.

 

I’m ready enough to post this work in progress of a new animation project, The Friend Feeder.

The Friend Feeder is based on the figure of Leigh Bowery from a painting by Lucien Freud. He’s a sort of ür British green man, watching out over the moors of Northumberland.

Using a probability system, non-linear animated sprites  come and go from the stage. Ultimately, all four seasons will unfold over a 146 hour long cycle.

If you click on the link, a file will load that shows summer only -  disregard the time stamp at the top of the frame. It begins at midnight.

 
From The Times Online, 2005.
fairies

What appears to be the mummified remains of a fairy have been discovered in the Derbyshire countryside… The remains were discovered by a local man, who wishes to remain anonymous, while walking his dog along an old Roman road situated between the villages of Duffield and Belper…The remains, complete with wings, skin, teeth and flowing red hair have been examined by anthropologists and forensic experts who can confirm that the body is genuine.

 
The Red Squirrel of Britain (Sciurus vulgaris)

The Red Squirrel of Britain (Sciurus vulgaris)

Here are one-sheet descriptions of the proposals I made for Northumberland, that came out of my research residency in June 2009 at ISIS Arts in Newcastle.

There are three proposals:  a street food cart serving invasive species; a garden feeder in human form; and an animated diptych. In addition, I have proposed a banquet of edible invasive species set on the high moors, pleine aire, in reformation style.

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Animation test clips:

 

I’ve been meaning to post this – I think maybe I was initially horrified but my standards are slipping.

was inspired to write Daffodils by the glorious flowers on the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District.

A Cumbria Tourism spokesman said: “Wordsworth’s Daffodils poem has remained unchanged for 200 years and to keep it alive for another two centuries we wanted to engage the YouTube generation who want modern music and amusing video footage on the web.

 

“The Friend Feeder II” a.k.a.  Invaders of Britain.
After Rembrandt’s Woman with Snake.
Sketch for an animation.

The Friend Feeder II

The Friend Feeder II

 
New drawings of poor little pox-ridden red squirrels:
Red
Red

Red vs Greys - for Nicholas Berger

 

crest_squirrel

Schematic/crest of 3 shields of the Grey Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).
Originally imported from America to Great Britain ca. 1840 as a living lawn ornament. On left, the nationalist  imperative that the Greys should now be exterminated; on right; deforestation in part to supply the Briitsh Royal Navy with timber historically contributed to the near-vanquished Red Squirrel’s loss of habitat, helping to pave the way for the victorious Greys.

 
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