THERMOPOWER

(2021)

11:47m, HD video, color, sound


Thermopower unfurls the biological concept of thermoregulation through examining the practices of mammals and machines. It does so by introducing 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 the specificities of thermoregulation across 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 also includes a score that blends acoustic instruments with algorithmic processing. Taken together, these commingle creative, scientific, and technological approaches to animate 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), 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.