Coral Morphologic, in association with Borscht Corp., is proud to announce the physical release of the remixed and remastered ‘Natural History Redux’ on September 30th 2013. ‘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 go with 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.
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For the opening event of this year’s Borscht Film Festival, Coral Morphologic was commissioned to curate a night of underwater films at the New World Symphony SoundScape Park on Miami Beach. At 7,00 Square-feet, the NWS WallCast is the largest projection wall in North America, and is accompanied by a state-of-the-art immersive sound system. This night will feature the first-ever screening of our Natural History series from 2009-2011 in its entirety, followed by the world premiere of a new film, Into the Cosmic Flower Garden. The event is outdoors and tickets are free – bring your sensory perceptions, and enjoy the experience.
We are proud to unveil our newest series of coral art films the week of Art Basel Miami Beach as part of our ongoing ‘Aquacultural Transformation‘ project on the video wall in the Southeast Financial Building (200 S Biscayne Blvd. Miami). By introducing living textures of corals into the lobby of the tallest commercial building in Florida, we aim to create an atmosphere of relaxation and contemplation in an otherwise hectic business environment.
On Sunday, December 2nd at 3pm, Colin will be giving a talk entitled ‘Miami’s Urban Corals’ at the Miami Science Museum for their 2nd annual Miami Underwater Festival. While many people might presume that North Biscayne Bay is too dirty to support much diversity of marinelife, Colin will present evidence quite to the contrary. Using underwater video and photographs, Colin will give attendees an up close look at the surprising diversity of corals that have pioneered their way inside the city limits of Miami by colonizing artificial seawalls and manmade debris.
Four Floridian zoanthids analyzed in our study. Clockwise from Top Left: 1) Undescribed Zoanthus aff. pulchellus 2) Undescribed Palythoa aff. variabilis 3) Zoanthus solanderi 4) Undescribed Terrazoanthus sp.
Recently, we spearheaded a study of the Zoanthids found in our local nearshore waters that has been published in the Journal of Marine Biology titled “Species Diversity of Shallow Water Zoanthids (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Hexacorallia) in Florida” with Dr. James Reimer and Yuka Irei of the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. This is the first comprehensive study of its kind, analyzing DNA to determine the taxonomic authenticity of our local zoanthid species. We discovered that there are as many as four species of zoanthids in South Florida that have been overlooked by scientists until now.
Despite their ubiquitousness in shallow tropical waters, zoanthids have been largely neglected by marine biologists who have otherwise been more focused on understanding reef-building stony corals, leaving the taxonomy of tropical zoanthids vague and out of date. This, combined with the natural morphologic variability of these animals, makes physical identification difficult for the casual observer. The advent of DNA analysis has allowed for an accurate picture to emerge, and it is clear that there is much more diversity than had previously been recorded.