Air Quality

Air Quality examines transparency, filtering, and the double image—playfully returning to age-old questions: is it possible to think two thoughts at once? Is time symmetrical? Is fire alive?

The video is an array of interwoven images: transparent stripes spiral in California sun, a burning candle displaces time, a toxic red hand spins a circular stone, colored smoke explodes against a hot pink backdrop… Air Quality studies how filters both organize and scatter light, connecting this physical process to the clear / unclear transfer of information.

Single channel video, 2012
Duration: 14 minutes 16 seconds
Sound by Luke Fischbeck

Border Film

“Border Film” —currently in progress— is an encyclopedic document of the infrastructure of border towns and border-crossings, as well as an open-ended meditation on the passage across the political threshold between the United States and Mexico. Produced while traveling repeatedly across the United States-Mexico border, each frame of the film is exposed in both countries to produce a double-image of a landscape suspended between two places. This method of filming—exposing the film twice from points symmetrical on either side of the border—produces a complex wealth of images capturing an array of architectural histories designed to open conversation around foundational issues such as the distribution of wealth and natural resources, transit and trade infrastructure, and immigration. “Border Film” studies how suburban development, population density, commerce and infrastructure intersect with open landscape preserves along the US-Mexico border, while exploring the specific power of an image to render and preserve coincidence between neighboring ecologies.

Possible Chronicle

16mm film transferred to HD video, duration variable.

The Possible Chronicle is a series of short films that examine the making of The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum in Berkeley, CA. Keeping time through observation, each of The Possible Chronicles presents a poetic eyewitness account gathered from within and without the museum. The Possible Chronicle pays attention to people, processes, and communication. A work in progress about works in progress, Possible Chronicles were released periodically over the course of the exhibition.


Work in Progress

The title SYZYGY—an astronomical term used to describe objects “yoked to the sun”—refers here to energy dependence and the race to develop alternative forms of energy production.

Working backwards from Los Angeles to the distant sites of energy production that sustain the city, the project investigates the sources of electricity that populate the grid, as well as the neighboring ecologies that have been altered and engineered to sustain population growth and urban development.

Weaving together history, philosophy, engineering, urban planning, and design, SYZYGY researches existing technologies that harvest energy from the sun. The video examines solar technologies through a complex video story that ranges from Ancient Roman helio-camini (first use of architectural glass to capture heat) to contemporary practices of solar farming in the Arizona desert.

The filming process is open-ended and agile. Part of the process is generating an archive and seeing where gathered images, sites, and texts lead over time.

The Pollinators

The Pollinators focuses on the insects, birds, animals, and vectors that pollinate flowers. Filmed against brightly colored backgrounds that both attract and distract pollinators, the video explores wild color spaces, modeling the ultraviolet-rich color range perceived by insects that extends beyond human vision and the RGB colorspace of video.

The Pollinators was filmed over the course of a full calendar year to document a complete annual cycle of flowering.

with sound by Luke Fischbeck and custom seating produced in collaboration with Anzfer Farms

Runtime 65 minutes

This project is funded in part by a generous award from the Harpo Foundation

Special thanks to the following people and organizations who provided research support and access to pollinator habitats for filming:
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Fritz Haeg’s Wildflowering LA presented by LAND
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden
The Growing Home