THERMOPOWER

(2019)

short film / expanded cinema performance 

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 such as air conditioners and internet servers.

The film combines four “lenses”—a steerable online research camera, an on-location camera, satellite imagery, and screenrecording, while its score blends acoustic instruments with algorithmic processing. The short film is currently in development for an expanded cinema performance featuring live narration and chamber ensemble. Commingling creative, scientific, and technological approaches, the project animates a conversation on the role of technology in maintaining livable temperatures.

Notes:
  • Recepient of the INSITE Fund, presented by RedLine Contemporary Art Center and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Multimedia performance is in development.
  • Exhibited by invitation in Labocine by Imagine Science Films, Winter of the Climate-Haunted Globe Issue.
  • Supported by a Full Fellowship at Nature, Environment, Science and Technology (NEST) Studio.
  • Thermopower is the result of field and lab research conducted with Ashley Whipple, a biologist who studies American pika stress.