animation, material research, essay

RE: Generative Images is an experiment in rejecting technological progress narratives and embracing environmentally-informed methods as joyful guardrails rather than limitations. A project developed in response to the environmental harms of AI images, it consists of moving image laboriously produced out of plant-based photographic emulsions, together with material research and writing. The emulsions, made of plants such as American pokeweed and Goldenrod, were ethically harvested, meticulously processed, exposed in the sun, and not fixed. Allowed to degrade and decay, they can be made and remade.

a time to tear, a time to mend, Wönzimer Gallery, Los Angeles, 2022

Documentation photos by Ian Byers Gambel & Isabel Beavers