Geo-locative Smart Phone App, 2015 (OsX & Android)
Free OsX Download: itunes.apple.com/us/app/invisible-histories/id921390469?mt=8
Free Android download: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.igfich.invisiblehistories
This interactive phone app gives the user feedback about the proximity and direction of the Niagara Falls Storage Site (NFSS), a nuclear waste facility that houses the remains of 280,000 radioactive mice. When the viewer launches the app it starts a video of a 3D animated green glowing mouse that runs across the screen. Using the phone’s GPS and compass functions, the direction of the mouse indicates the compass direction of the storage site; the mouse runs across the screen with increasing frequency as one nears the storage site. The app is currently available on the app store. In the next step of development the app will be international, mapping all major nuclear storage sites containing animal remains.
“Invisible Histories” began when I came across the astonishing fact that 270,000 radioactive mice are buried near Niagara Falls NY as a result of research for atomic weaponry. Like the Underground Railroad, these mice operate as a secret and hidden history of the area, now manifested through this 3D animation / installation / geo-locative smart phone app. As an installation, the video is installed at floor height, rear projected, so a nearly life size green glowing mouse runs along the gallery floor. This work exists as a type of monument, or anti-monument that engages in the missing spectacle in the Niagara Falls landscape—a landscape of otherwise extravagant sites. New media becomes an avenue for marking, memorializing and re-activating history. As activist art, it nods to critical animal studies, and questions the ways in which we engage, abuse and memorialize the animal other. It invites the viewer to visualize other historical outcomes, and hopefully by extension, to imagine other presents, and other futures.
Video Installation ExhibitIons
2013 Toronto Underground Film Festival (TUFF) , Sept 6-16
2013 In the Soil, St. Catharines, April 26-28, R
2012 Whispers and Rages, a Can-Am Exhibition, 164 Allen Street, Buffalo NY, Oct 5 (First Friday Event), IN
“Animal Histories in Contemporary Media” by Keri Cronin