The thought of extinction can be overwhelming. Our everyday conversations aren’t typically strong enough to support the weight of extinction’s complexity. Tipping Point helps to introduce the concept and make the threat of climate change more tangible so we can take collective action.
Through a series of events, experienced together, sculpture, dance, and sound are employed to turn a formal audience into active participants. By interacting physically with this artistic installation, we can shift our perspective around the scary subject of environmental change and fight the silence that surrounds it.
Tipping Point is based in reality. Extensive research on birds; their songs, their flight patterns, their homes, and their likeness to humans, all helped shaped this artwork. Because each element was created in an open studio, the community played a vital role from the start.
The recorded songs of extinct birds were translated into three dimensional columns– the visualization of sound for an emptying sky. Migratory patterns were brought to life in a maze of movable laser-cut steel panels. The bird’s plight that of being the last of a species, inspired an emotional dance. All these elements came together as the set for the island museum’s rooftop event. The audience turned into participants and marked the night with light.
Tipping Point illuminates overlapping paths, gestures, and reflections visible in the canvas of the night. Participants were given LED candles and prompted to write in the sky what they feared losing most. This imagery reveals a web of connection by capturing light in lengthy exposures. The drone photographs are 3-dimensional tracings of motion constructed by individual words of treasured memories.
This artwork captures the history of individual movements– together. It highlights the areas we orbit and the paths we prefer as well as the impact they have on our environment and one another.
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