Jul 8, 2020

(un)continuity (2020)

We are pleased that our installation Around Osprey has been included in the Electronic Literature Organization Conference and Festival 2020.

About the exhibition

(un)continuity is an invitation to explore fluidity, to break binaries, and challenge categories: works in this exhibition explore representation and presentation; play along spectra of light, sound, and probe the visible-invisible; and embrace unity and discord. This type of boundary work is at the heart of electronic literature, a practice of exploring the limits of born-digital storytelling that includes multimodal writing, digital art, playful narrative, interactive fiction, literary games, hypertext, and screen fiction.

This exhibition is part of the Electronic Literature Organization Conference and Festival 2020, hosted by the University of Central Florida and occurring online starting July 16th. Curated by Shannon Lindsay, Ha’ani Hogan, and Anastasia Salter, the exhibition was originally intended for physical space: however, following the closure of most shared physical space with the advent of global pandemic, the exhibition was re-imagined as a virtual, interactive display. The exhibition includes interactive, procedural, generative, and otherwise experimental works by artists from around the world.

Originally, this work was planned as two separate installations for the UCF Art Gallery and Orlando CityArts. These spaces are still adapting, as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in the state of Florida. Some works are captured only through documentation as a result: others have been fully reimagined, and represent new work created in response to the current moment. As we imagine how gallery spaces persist even as public buildings remain closed to crowds, the curators hope this exhibition will provide inspiration and connection.

Curated by Shannon Lindsay, Ha’ani Hogan, and Anastasia Salter

Around Osprey is a two-screen projection based on our artist residency with the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast in Osprey, FL, 2018. We created the two video programs: Element A and Element B.

For this virtual exhibition, the two video programs have the same duration of 29 min 38 sec, simulating the interactive element of the original design. The suggested viewing setup is: two laptops placed side-by-side; Element A on the left, Element B on the right. The two programs should be started simultaneously.

Element A is a series of 12 poetic videos and relates to explorations. The moving pictures and sound treatments for these were gathered from our notes, poetry and stories, research outings, and meetings with local residents. The overall flow of the work relates to encounters with the natural world, environmental concerns over development and human encroachment into natural settings, and what derives from those human interventions.

Element B – Our explorations of coastal areas were overshadowed by the omnipresence and effects of the Red Tide, aka K. brevis. As it altered the environment, it also shaped our perceptions. As the cell count of these organisms grew, fish and other oxygen-starved sea animals washed up on beaches. We humans also choked for air. To bring forward observations about the far-reaching effects of the Red Tide, we created Element B (no sound), a real-time reading of a data sets for K. Brevis weekly cell counts. (For this virtual exhibition the real-time has been replaced with a video capture.) Element B can be seen as a disrupted state of the environment. The data was entered by day and location on 16 South Florida beaches over a twelve-month timespan. When the counts are low, there is little-to-no change in the moving pictures. When the counts are higher, the images take on corresponding degrees of red tint and temporal shifts that show up as blurriness. The cell count data and location are not directly related to the images they are placed upon, instead, the flow of effects on images relates to how nature works, in cycles, always little by little, and sometimes, surprisingly fast, with overwhelming effects. The text information, on the bottom left of Element B is as follows: K. brevis cell count | Date | Location.

To aid the visualization of the K. brevis data, we are including the information below:

Possible effect of K. brevis

Not present – Levels of 1 cell or less: No effects anticipated
Very Low – Levels > 1 – 10 cells/ml: Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures
Low – Levels > 10 – 100 cells/ml: Respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures; possible fish kills
Medium – Levels > 100 – 1,000 cells/ml: Respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures; possible fish
kills; detection of chlorophyll by satellites at upper range of cell abundance
High – Levels > 1,000 cells/ml: As above plus water discoloration

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Daniel H. Dugas

Artiste numérique, poète et musicien, Daniel H. Dugas a participé à des expositions individuelles et de groupe ainsi qu’à plusieurs festivals et événements de poésie en Amérique du Nord, en Europe, au Mexique et en Australie. Son treizième recueil de poésie « émoji, etc. » / « emoji, etc. » vient de paraître aux Éditions Basic Bruegel.

Daniel H. Dugas is a poet, musician, and videographer. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions as well as festivals and literary events in North America, Europe, Mexico, and Australia. His thirteenth book of poetry, 'émoji, etc.' / 'emoji, etc.' has been published by the Éditions Basic Bruegel Editions.

Date : Mars / March 2022
Genre : Poésie / Poetry
Français / English

émoji, etc. / emoji, etc.

Date: Mai / May 2022
Genre: Vidéopoésie/Videopoetry