Circuit Board Species is a celebration of technology through the prism of chronological disruption. It was conceived at the same time, and as a direct contradiction to, my other film project, California on Fire, which deals with the consequences of irresponsible engagement with the environment through the same prism.
This work is filled with wide ranging references from Rayonism to street art to particle physics. New techniques had to be invented and old techniques expanded upon to create this film, which is created entirely from photographs (as opposed to motion graphics). In essence I abuse motorized motion control equipment in order to "draw" with the camera. Any light source opposite the lens is game: the sun, cities at night, or even hundreds of blinking LED lights in a server farm. As a result every composition you see here was created through practical effects. This project has taken me around the world in pursuit of cities at night including Paris, Dublin, and Los Angeles. Scientific facilities including mankind's largest science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the Center for European Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland and France, were also mined for source material. Three hundred feet underground where particles are smashed together at nearly light speed I was able to convince scientific teams to turn off the lights while I worked on abstractions deep in the heart of an utterly astounding machine.
CERN (Large Hadron Collider) - Geneva, Switzerland
Los Angeles, CA
Akamai server farm, Cambridge MA
Mohave deserts of southern CA