Solar Circuit PPM
a film by Christina McPhee 2013
Starting from Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii, and moving immediately to the Gulf of Mexico, Solar Circuit Parts Per Million is a visual and sound poem to the oceanic biosphere, photosynthesis, acceleration of climate change, and biological field work. The film collages visualizations of climate change data within scenes from a biodiversity study voyage, in December 2010 in the wake of the BP oil spill... with cuts to NASA shots of the sun's orbit over Earth from astronauts' cameras. Animations are made from still images in the journal Nature: Climate Change. Special thanks to Drs. Suzanne Fredericq and Darryl Felder of the University of Louisiana, microbiologists, together with their team aboard the Pelican; and to Dr Fredericq for access during the height of the spill, in July 2010, along the closed beaches of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The film emulates the circuit of light and photosynthesis as an accumulating cycle of intensity, which is amplified by the sound-scape of voice, electronics and ensemble, in resonant layers resembling bird and animal cries. Music: "Biospheres II" by Pamela Z; from the suite "Carbon Song Cycle" , a multimedia performance project by Pamela Z (music) and Christina McPhee (images), 2013. The sound recording is live from the east coast premiere of Carbon Song Cycle at Roulette, Brooklyn, November 20, 2013.