Mesocosm (Wink, Texas)
(2012)
Software-driven animation. 144-hour year-long cycle (never repeats).
Color, animation, sound
Format: Standalone software application on (intel) Mac with monitor / projection
Dimensions variable
Add'l animation: Michelle Mayer
Code Design: Veronique Brossier
Occasional Sound: Lem Jay Ignacio

Developed throguh a residency at Diverseworks, Houston, Texas

ARCHIVAL PRINT SERIES:

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. You must have the latest version of Flash Player to access the ANIMATION on the next page.
2. CLICK HERE TO START THE ANIMATION. IF YOU HAVE COOKIES ENABLED, THE PIECE WILL REMEMBER WHAT MONTH/DAY YOU LEFT OFF WHEN YOU QUIT.

 

......................................................................CLICK HERE OR ON IMAGE TO START THE ANIMATION..............................................................


DESCRIPTION / ABOUT THE MESOCOSM SERIES

Mesocosm (Wink, Texas) is part of an ongoing series of animated landscapes that develop and change over time in response to software-driven data inputs. The title is drawn from the field of environmental science and refers to experimental, simulated ecosystems, which allow for manipulation of the physical environment and are used for biological, community, and ecological research (Kansas State University, Division of Biology, Rainfall Manipulations Plots description). The animated elements are drawn by hand, frame-by-frame, yet their choreographies are dynamic—not predetermined or canned—dictated by constraints in real-time. Each of the works in Mesocosm is long in duration and recombines perpetually as inputs determine order, density, and interrelationships. They are looped, and have no beginning or end. Because change happens slowly, but can be radical over time, the works are intended to be seen in public places where people gather or pass through frequently, or lived with like a painting—in living rooms and meeting spaces.

Wink, Texas is the most recent landscape to be animated as part of this Mesocosm series. In the animation, a large sinkhole— the “Wink Sink 2” located on located on private oil company property in the small Texas town of Wink—boils, gushes, flows and expels objects: plastic bags, oil and dark clouds that whirl out of the sinkhole’s vortex in ghostly choreography. Oil refineries burn off gases in plumes in the background as an occasional train or coyote lumbers past. This sinkhole has been widening steadily since it emerged in 2002; here, it appears as a natural geological event, complete with picnic rest stop furnishings. By day, the landscape is inhabited by a diversity of bird life, prairie dogs, insects, pronghorn antelope, HazMat workers and—depending on the season—by migrating monarch butterflies, snakes and sandhill cranes. ..

 


INSTALLATION IMAGES:


PHOTOS: John Berens, Mark Francis


EXHIBITION HISTORY:
2013:
bitforms gallery, New York
2012:
Diverseworks, Houston, Texas
Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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