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O, land {2017 - 2020}

O, land is a three year, 3-part multimedia installation commissioned by the Leventhal Map Center. Each of the three parts is tied directly to a specific exhibition at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and explores climate change and humankind’s relationship with the planet. Each piece was featured in the year listed below and will appear together in 2020.

Movement 1: Of that slowly wheeling circle 2017

Movement 2: Orpheus below 2018

Movement 3: TBD 2019

O, Land: a sound + video installation in 3 movements 2020

Of that slowly wheeling circle. [excerpt]

SOUND MATERIAL: Collection of CO2 sounds [fire extinguishers, soda, etc.], Pulsing light/electricity, Propeller Airplane, Metal Building Resonance, Ocean waves, Thunderstorm, Moby Dick, Epilogue, written by Herman Melville/read by Mary Oliver

Inspiration for this piece was drawn from the scientific and political dialogue around climate change. Created on the heels of the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, I honed my research on the scientific support of mankind’s contribution to global warming and the specific role of carbon dioxide emissions. I also immersed myself in local, national, and global conversations (both for and against the issue). With several nods to Boston, Of that slowly wheeling circle intends to encapsulate the dire landscape of global warming while providing a glimmer of commitment, love, hope, and progress. Although there is much work to be done, I am heartened by the innovative work being done in Boston and by countless others throughout the globe.

Duration: 7’34”

Moby Dick, Epilogue. Read by Mary Oliver; Recorded by John Braden, WOMR; Edited and Mixed at dBs Music

Recorded as part of the Moby-Dick Big Read: an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible. Copyright Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University

Orpheus below [excerpt]

SOUND MATERIAL: 13-second sample of Igor Stravinsky’s Orpheus overlayed with narrator; Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA); Impact Earthquakes; Oil Rig Drilling; Hydraulic Fracturing Machine; Water Pipes; Tibetan Singing Bowl

Orpheus below responds to underground exploration and the ensuing industrial and environmental implications and consequences. Borrowing from the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice as an ancient example of humankind’s fascination with (and exploration of) what lies beneath our feet. It also symbolizes how an overwhelming infatuation has led us into the Earth even at the risk of losing what we love most.

Duration: 8 minutes, 34 seconds.