#TIPPING POINT – The complexity of the topic of extinction overwhelms a conversation before it begins. Tipping Point introduces the concept through a series of events, experienced together. Sculpture, installation, dance and sound are employed to turn a formal audience into active participants. It is the physical interaction with these unique elements and each other which form unexpected memories and can shift perspectives on the scary subject of environmental change –– and extinction.
#TIPPING POINT is based in reality, in extensive research on birds: their songs, their flight, their communities, how they are like humans. The work forms in open studios where the community is invited to shape the production evolving from drawing to sculpture, dance and sound. The recorded songs of extinct birds are rendered three dimensionally. Migratory patterns are imagined into a maze of movable laser-cut steel panels. The bird’s plight, inspires an emotional dance and sound prompt: “to be the last of a species”. The last detail is to invite participants and a team of photographers to record the immersive art event.
#TIPPING POINT – A nighttime island event documented so that individual motion is photographed to reveal overlapping paths, gestures and reflections. Given the direction to write in the sky: “what you fear loosing most” participants engage with LED candles as their tool. The imagery shows webs of connection and influence, our traces. This light captured by lengthy exposures, becomes 3-dimensional, a sculpture of motion shaping memories of ourselves as a single organism – building community.
#TIPPING POINT -These light trails, our traces not normally observed, uncover how we can fill environments and shape the context for one another and nature long after we leave. These are our overlapping connections – our community’s legacy.
Community Partner: Catalina Island Museum
ET Projects Team:
Photography | Videography:
Dance: The Assembly Dance Company, Lara Wilson
Sound: Michael D Mortilla, Music & Sound Design
Nicole Garcia, Violin
Orange Coast College Choir
Research: Macaulay Library, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Kathi Borgmann
San Diego Institute for Conservation Research, Colleen Wisinski
OCC Frank M Doyle Art Pavillion, Tyler Stalings
Island logistical support: Toyon Grill