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SPILLBANK // in the Gulf of Mexico post oil spill

SPILLBANK explores marine biology field research around deep sea and shallow bank marine animals and algae after the BP oil spill / Deepwater Horizon of summer 2010. The montage abstraction is designed to find affinities of movement and gesture between the observed field biologists and their own observed species-- layer upon layer of gesture creates a hieroglyphic and hyperbolic nest of readings over time inside the ocean. The abstraction makes possible readings of scientific work in commons with ocean life develops a rhythm of differentiation and serpentine occlusion---between species and among ourselves, at the very moment of parsing the most delicate differences, the signs of post spill change....

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On board the Lumcon Pelican in the Gulf of Mexico last December 2010. The scientific mission of the voyage is to assess deep sea and shallow sea biodiversity impacts following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of spring/summer 2010. In this project, I am collaborating with Dr Suzanne Fredericq, a leading algae specialist at University of Louisiana- Lafayette.

Marine life moves like calligraphy through the ‘pages’ of benthic and pelagic (deep and mid ocean) layers. They are the products and the carriers of the light live by. I want to illuminate their photosynthetic processes in a way that displaces traditional biologic visualization into a new register.

As a full length (65 minute) film (for release 2012), SPILLBANK is an ambient narrative diary of six days at sea- told through the montage of meshed actions–scientists, crew and marine life in a single, radical ‘commons’.

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