THERMOPOWER

(2021)

11:47m, HD video, color, sound


Thermopower weaves the concept of thermoregulation through the practices of mammals and machines. It introduces the American pika (Ochotona princeps), a small mountainous relative of rabbits and indicator species for the climate crisis, as a frame through which to examine the specificities of thermoregulation across humans, nonhumans, and human-designed technologies like internet data centers.

The research-driven film meditates on the concept of “interface” by combining three lenses—a steerable networked research camera, an on-location camera, and screenrecording—while its score blends acoustic instruments with algorithmic processing. Commingling creative, scientific, and technological approaches, it animates a conversation on the role of technology in the production and loss of livable temperatures. 

Supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Redline Contemporary Art Center, and Nature, Environment, Science, Technology Studio for the Arts (NEST)


Notes:
  • Screenings: Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair, Los Angeles (rough edit), Labocine by Imagine Science Films (rough edit), Femmebit, Los Angeles (rough edit), 4S, New Orleans (rough edit), and Multispecies Storytelling, Växjö, Sweden (rough edit). 
  • Thermopower is the result of field and lab research conducted with Ashley Whipple, a biologist studying American pika stress.