Ziost Shadow (Torimo Arctic edit)

March 29, 2014

Ziost Shadow (Torimo Arctic edit)
sound by Todd Carter, original track Hidenori Sasaki
9:28 minutes
Underwater video images courtesy of Michael Eckblad
Glacier and Ice still images courtesy of Paul Teolis.

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013. It was, to say too little, an otherworldly experience.

Above all, the Arctic was for me peaceful, clean and calm. A restorative, chordal drone.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Ice Sun Seal Feedback

Ice Sun Seal Feedback
video by Steve Anderson and Karl Erickson
sound by Steve Anderson
6:26 minutes
Underwater video images courtesy of Michael Eckblad.

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013.

It took my days to really learn to see the glaciers, ice surfaces and shifting seascape. Anderson and I sought to capture this delirious, delicious moment of uncertainty, where newness is beyond interpretation.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Ice for Arctic

Ice for Arctic
Sounds Sandy Gordon
Video Karl Erickson
9:46

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013. It was, to say too little, an otherworldly experience.

Made with dry ice applied to mic-ed metal, Sandy Gordon’s soundwork speaks to the wary, often violent inter-connectedness we have with polar environments. In the video, I sought to capture the steely chill, feedback loops and crisp stillness of the Arctic.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Mal de Mar

Mal de Mer (edit)
sound by Tunde Adebimpe
3:52 minutes

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013. It was, to say too little, an otherworldly experience.

The greatest challenge on the trip was, perhaps, the occasional bouts of foul seas that made me question of the survivability of ship voyage. My cure: staring at the horizon through the camera viewfinder, doubling my stability atop the shifting surface.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Memo to William Reed re: Hyperborea

sound Chris Colthart
video Karl Erickson
4:20 minutes

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013.

Colthart’s hypnotic drone put me in the meditative, transportive state I experienced on the voyage, falling into worlds and dimensions long hidden. The video is a view from within the hollow earth.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Arctic Trumpet Recursion (Lichen)

March 25, 2014

Arctic Trumpet Recursion (Lichen)
sound by Stephanie Richards
Lichen: 1:38 minutes

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013.

One of the most surprising revelations of the expedition was the abundance of life and color that spotted the landscape where I expected to find ice, snow and stone. Richards restrained, clear trumpets provide perfect counterpoint to these small bursts.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at TheCenter for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Arctic Trumpet Recursion (Stream)

Arctic Trumpet Recursion (Stream)
sound by Stephanie Richards
Stream: 50 seconds

 This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013.

One of the most surprising revelations of the expedition was the abundance of life and color that spotted the landscape where I expected to find ice, snow and stone. Richards restrained, clear trumpets provide perfect counterpoint to these small bursts.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at TheCenter for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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We Could Be Transcendent Apes (Self Negation)

March 21, 2014

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Stand By Me

March 19, 2014

Stand By Me
sound by Careful (Eric Lindley)
2:09 minutes

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013. It was, to say too little, an otherworldly experience.
The ecstatic feeling of the 24-hour sun is tempered by the fragility of the Arctic landscape. Lindley’s gossamer interpretation of Stand By Me captured these emotions perfectly, and the video moves towards the ever-shifting landscape, physical and emotional, of Svalbard.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at TheCenter for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Cross Species Courting Rave Drone at Winter Shack

March 05, 2014

dance by Karl Erickson
music by Eric Lindley
performed at Winter Shack, March 1, 2014

This performance combines a butoh-influenced dance, science fiction and a drone version of the folk song “Froggy Goes A-courting.”

The dance is a deconstruction of the “rave jog” popularized by The Happy Monday’s hype man Bez in the 1990s. The alien astronaut character is based on “Ro-Man” from the sci-fi B-movie “Robot Monster.” Like Mr. Frog and Miss Mouse from “Froggy Goes A-Courting,” the monster Ro-Man is experiencing cross species love, hoping its consummation would result in the evolution of his consciousness and species.

All of the elements – rave, butoh, sci-fi, folk music – have elements of outsiderness, identity, consciousness expansion, ecstasy, and (r)evolution. In our performance we sought to create a meditative moment in which a glimpse of what can be next in our evolutionary horizon.

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