Species Encounter: a short video

This video presents Species Encounter, the interactive installation I created for SubZERO festival in San Jose in 2013. Species Encounter has subsequently been presented at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz during the GLOW festival, the Innovation Summit at the Convention Center in San Jose and the Tech Museum in San Jose for a private event.

In this video Francis captures beautifully the spirit of the installation and the enthusiastic participation of the public. Thanks to Cherri Lakey and Brian Eder for giving me the opportunity to show this large interactive installation for the first time at SubZERO in June 2013. In a few weeks, June 6 and 7, I am excited to participate in SubZERO festival again, and I am thrilled to collaborate with Drew Detweiler, who will work his video-magic in Species Encounter.

Francis Estrand-Cartier
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“Species Encounter” at the 6th SubZERO festival

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“Species Encounter” took place during the 6th SubZERO festival, June 7, 2013, in San Jose, California. “Species Encounter” is a playful interactive installation which consists of a veiled corridor lit by colored, multi-beam LED lamps. Participants are invited to use species made of cardboard that I have created for the project (animal or plant or hybrid). The participants enter the corridor and walk behind the veil to create interactions with other people and their creatures. The installation works because of the collective physical dynamic of the people, supported by colored LED beam lights.

I rented the material (metallic structure and lights) at Musson Theatrical in Santa Clara. I ordered the muslin for the screen online, sewn it and added all the grommets. I prepared all the shapes with cardboard that I bought at a packing store (4’x8′ each sheet). I painted one side of the sheets in black. Then, depending if the shape I mas cutting was small or large, I added either a long bamboo stick (made of two bamboo stick for kebabs) or handles made with duct tape.

About SubZERO festival
“Focused on emerging and present subcultures thriving in our region, SubZERO is a diy, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup where street meets geek.”
subzerofestival.com

An outdoor projection in San Jose: My collaborative piece with poet Tiffany Higgins for the SubZERO festival

“You bear the scar at the base of your spine, where lies the shadow of the moon” is a visual poem of light created for SubZERO festival 2012. It is a collaborative piece between Tiffany Higgins (texts) and myself (visuals): a series of animations about real and fictitious species, the ocean we are coming from, and the cosmos we are dreaming of. Digitized elements of nature float in San Jose’s urban environment.

SubZERO festival, June 1st – San Jose


5th Annual SubZERO Festival 2012

I am very excited to present a new piece “You bear the scar at the base of your spine, where lies the shadow of the moon”, made in collaboration with poet Tiffany Higgins for the SubZERO festival in San Jose. It is our first collaboration and I really loved working on this project. My first outdoor projection was on the wall of the San Diego Museum of Art for the Summer Salon Series in 2010. They were still images. This projection is an animation and the scale is larger. This is an adventure for Tiffany and I and I hope everyone who sees the piece will enjoy it!

We are ready, the projector is rented and has arrived, we made some tries this week, and unless it rains everything should go smoothly!

The piece is the projection during the event, so we will videotape the projection and hopefully make a nice documentation of it.

Image from the animation


The wall where the projection is taking place.

You bear the scar at the base of your spine, where lies the shadow of the moon” is a visual poem of light especially created for SubZERO 2012 and South First Street. It is a collaborative piece between Michele Guieu (visual) and Tiffany Higgins (texts): a series of animations about real and fictitious species, the ocean we are coming from, and the cosmos we are dreaming of. Digitized elements of nature float in San Jose’s urban environment.

The projection will approximately start at 8:30PM and loop until 12PM, on a large wall between Anno Domini and Caffe Frascati, in the parking lot off South First Street. Length of the piece: 10mn.

About SubZERO festival

South FIRST FRIDAYS presents the 5th Annual SubZERO Festival
Focused on emerging and present subcultures thriving in our region, SubZERO is a diy, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup where street meets geek. Come downtown on June 1st to San Jose’s SoFA District from 6pm ’til midnight for an inspired evening of arts & culture. In addition to the South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk you’ll find outdoor stages of entertainment plus artists, performers & creative businesses celebrating the indie creative spirit!

FRIDAY JUNE 1, 2012 from 6pm-midnight
SoFA district in downtown San Jose
(on South First Street between San Carlos & Reed Streets)

W: http://www.subzerofestival.com
F:: https://www.facebook.com/subzerofestival
T: http://www.twitter.com/subzerofestival  hashtag: #SubZEROFest
ALL HAIL THE PROGENITORS OF CULTURE!

If everyone that attends the festival spends just $50. with any artist, performer or musician, we can pump over $500,000 into our subculture economy in just 6 hours. We hope you’ll join us!