This Friday, November 15th at 7pm, we are enthusiastic to present ‘The Psychedelic World of Coral Morphologic’ at the Pratt Institute in New York City. The event features a Q + A on the Coral Morphologic ethos, pathos, and logos, as well as the screening of short films, including the debut of our first Google Glass-made fluorescent evening-tour of the Coral Morphologic Laboratory. ‘The Psychedelic World of Coral Morphologic’ is free and open to the public.
We are psyched to debut the Coral Morphologic + Dylan Romer-directed video for Dim Past‘s ‘Spectre In Wire’, an aquatic cut off the Black Dolphin EP. Utilizing Google Glass and GoPro devices, we take a trip down the Miami River, through Government Cut, and out to the sea, our destination. There we dive in and illuminate the Corals of Miami, keepers of a magical yet ephemeral realm. Dylan Romer‘s reality-augmenting ‘Time Piles’ application treats the exploration, holding the experience together like a glue until we resurface.
We are honored to be featured in the most recent issue of Miami Magazine and have one of our photos featuring a menagerie of our colorful Ricordea florida color morphs grace the cover. The article highlights the contributions of University of Miami alumni (’04) and Coral Morphologic co-founder Colin Foord to the body of science and public understanding of coral reef organisms through site-specific and multi-media artworks. The aquacultural legacy continues with our mentorship of University of Miami marine science students who get hands on experience growing corals within our Overtown laboratory. To read the full article, click the thumbnail after the jump…
A note from long-time Coral Morphologic collaborator and founder of the Borscht Film Festival, Lucas Leyva: “We were going to hold off on this one, but wanted to respond to this Rolling Stone article more. It’s our cosmic ‘duh bro.’ The essay is by marine biologist Colin Foord, 1/2 of frequent Borscht collaborators Coral Morphologic. Enjoy, Atlanteans.” Click ‘read more’ just below to watch and read the essay.
Coral Morphologic, in association with Borscht Corp., is proud to announce the physical release of the remixed and remastered ‘Natural History Redux’ in February, 2014. ‘Natural History Redux’ compiles our original Natural History series of videos (that were previous only available online individually in 720p) into a physical collectors edition. NHR sees these films hypnotically datamoshed together into a 30 minute undersea odyssey of the mind. The physical edition will be released via Blu-ray in true 1080p high-definition quality inside a hardcover book containing detailed scientific descriptions, behind the scenes photos, stories, and a thumb-drive GIF set.
‘Natural History Redux’ was originally commissioned for Borscht 8 by Borscht Corp, and debuted on the 7,000 square foot video wall at Soundscape Park of the New World Symphony on Miami Beach, December 13, 2012. The release of NHR represents the closing of the early chapters of Coral Morphologic. The ‘Natural History’ series represents our early ‘demos’, as the acquisition of the landmark Canon 5D Mark II in 2009 had suddenly made high-definition macro videography an affordable prospect for us. At that time we were still based out of our original home-based lab, where we made do with miniaturized aquarium sets that we hand-crafted in DIY spirit, challenging ourselves to make living portraits of our local invertebrate marinelife. Colin did the filming, and Jared composed original soundtracks (except ‘Man O War’ which was scored by Animal Collective’s Geologist) to accompany each film. We charged ourselves to film and release a new portrait every week on this blog, which for the most part we delivered under self-imposed Monday morning deadlines. After filming ‘Man O War’ we found ourselves in a position where we felt constrained by our home-based lab, and took the gamble to move into a dedicated facility where we could expand our visions. It would be another two years before we had the time or resources to film anything new (the new Lab was considerably more expensive to set up and operate) and so when Borscht Corp. proposed showing all of our earliest works during Borscht 8, we took the opportunity to remaster these films so we could finally release them together as a complete long-form audio-visual experience. Stay tuned for the iTunes digital release and physical artifact pre-order information.
We are psyched to announce the release of a series of skateboard decks in collaboration with MIA Skate Shop featuring the photography of three different fluorescent corals that call Miami their home. The collaboration is a logical extension of our view of Miami as the Coral City. A city whose cement buildings are metaphorical monuments to the fossilized remains of an ancient coral reef that once ran through it. Skaters will now be able to skate through a city of coral (recycled as concrete) on boards that reflect its bio-geologic past, present, and future. Miami, a city where vertebrate and invertebrate life-forms are forever bonded through calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate skeletons that were once enveloped with fluorescent coral tissue now form the foundation for a neon metropolis that mirrors its coral reefs. A metropolis with an Atlantean destiny, where corals will one day recolonize the streets and buildings as their own.
The limited edition decks (3 color-ways, hand numbered editions of 50) will be available starting Saturday, May 25 at the release party, and at both MIA shops in Miami Beach and Sunny Isles, Florida.
‘Tombstone (prototype)’ (close up)
From April 13 – May 4 we will have ‘Tombstone (prototype)’, our new installation, on exhibition at Swampspace in the Design District of Miami. The piece consists of a projection of Colpophyllia natans thrown onto a keystone screen of its own fossilized ancestors, set upon concrete blocks, they themselves comprised of calcium derived from ancient Floridian reefs.