Hazardous Phenotypes

2020, Video installation

Above: Excerpt – Use headphones or music-quality speakers
Below: Selected video stills from full 20-minute looping installation

“Hazardous Phenotypes” explores the presence of toxicity within psychological and ecological systems using sculpture, robotics, choreography, lighting, music, sound, and performance for video.

Each allegorical vignette reinvents the term, “soundscape”, typically used to describe a single-channel audio recording of a sonic environment. In these variations, strategically placed sound sculptures scroll from left to right like notes on a piano roll, a 3D live-action visual score. Within the toxic soundscapes, mechanical objects perform ritualistic interventions, warnings about what may come or what might already be upon us.

This project is generously supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Mid America Arts Alliance, and New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from the Helen F. Whitaker Fund and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.