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Lasered Palo Santo for Peregrine in Bull Moon

Lasered Palo Santo for Peregrine in Bull Moon

25 April 2020 would have been my MFA thesis show opening at the Cohen Gallery in Alfred, New York. A global pandemic altered my plans. The video synthesis shown in this live performance documentation would have been projected onto the rear wall of the gallery. Show attendees would have been able to partially see this video upon entering the Cohen Gallery. To view the video in full, attendees would have had to pass through a hallway lined with large-scale prints of birds of prey “skins” from the collection of Environmental Studies at Alfred University. The wing image being processed in the video is from a first-year Peregrine falcon found dead at the corner of Satterlee Hill Road and State Route 21 in Allegany County on 16 October 2019. This immature male did not survive his first migration from the tundra of Northern Canada to South America. Postmortem measurements and weight suggest that he was malnourished. It is hypothesized by the Environmental Sciences faculty that in his eagerness to feed, he lost track of his environment and was struck by a moving vehicle. This performance, part of a continuing ritual to honor and remember lost life through image, sound, story, and movement, took place during the April New Moon. Live audiovisual synthesis performance video documentation of wall projection installation. (Color, stereo sound). Voltage-controlled generation of heat and smoke processed through a photonics laser feedback path which influences motion and color of resultant synthesis/animation. Palo Santo, modular audiovisual synthesizer, RGB CV-controlled laser. ERD/BREATH, ERD/LICHT, RGB Laser, Erogenous Tones Structure, LZX video synthesizer, Industrial Music Electronics Piston Honda & Polivoks filter.

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