image: Alison Reiko Loader
sound: Owen Chapman (Opositive) – “Hear The Wind”
genre: music video/research documentation
formats: HD 16:9
running time: 5min2s
Timelapse recording and microscopic animation reveal the unseen worlds of greenhouse plants. Squash & Stretch: The Secret Life of Zucchinis documents two research projects based at Concordia University. Alison Reiko Loader's Kinder/Garden (aloader.wordpress.com) examines surveillance and control through the assisted reproduction of foetal vegetables, while Owen Chapman's (Opositive) Calling the Voice-O-Graph (callingthevoiceograph.net) explores challenges to diffusion and cross-pollination faced by sample-based music. Web cameras controlled by donated computers captured the movements of summer squash in Concordia's rooftop garden located in downtown Montreal, and microscopy was performed in researcher Tagny Duff's Fluxmedia Lab (fluxmediaresearch.ca). An abridged version of Opositive's "Hear the Wind" supplies the groove.