THERMOPOWER

(2020-2021)

11:47m, HD video, color, sound


Thermopower explores the biological concept of thermoregulation across 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 articulate how thermoregulation affects and is affected by human animals, nonhuman animals, and human-designed technologies like internet data centers.

Combining three lenses—a steerable networked research camera, an on-location camera, and screenrecording—the research-driven film features a score which blends acoustic instruments with algorithmic processing. Commingling creative, scientific, and technological approaches, it animates a conversation on the role of technology in both the maintenance and loss of livable temperatures. 

Supported by:
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts
Redline Contemporary Art Center
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)
        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.