Coral Morphologic, in association with Borscht Corp., is proud to announce the digital release of the remixed and remastered ‘Natural History Redux’ today, March 6, 2014. ‘Natural History Redux’ compiles our original Natural History series of videos (that were previous only available online individually in 720p) into a digital 1080p collector’s edition available via Vimeo‘s On Demand service. NHR sees these 23 films hypnotically datamoshed together into a half-hour odyssey of the sea. Watch the free 720p stream above, and read a preview of the film @ the Creators Project site.
You can purchase the 1080p version of the film for $5 at this url: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/naturalhistoryredux
‘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 are 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 challenged 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 early 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. Enjoy!
Seen above is a fluorescence photograph of an ultra rare hybrid staghorn coral (Acropora prolifera) living in Miami’s Government Cut waterway. Colin first introduced this coral to the world at TEDxMIA in 2011. Now the Army Corps of Engineers’ “Deep Dredge” project to expand Miami’s port capabilities will necessitate the evacuation of this and thousands of other corals before their habitat is dynamited. It is Coral Morphologic’s mission to rescue them. Find out more 7:30pm Tuesday January 21st 2014 at the University of Miami Cox Science Building Room 145.
We are psyched to share that our short film ‘Fungia Food’ was included in the ‘Nature’ episode of Adult Swim‘s show Off The Air. Check out the episode at the Adult Swim site (recommended) or view below via the YouTube rip.
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.
The video originally premiered at the Collabo Show via our projection-sculpture ‘Version Key #2′, and online via Dazed Digital.
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…
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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. Update: ‘The Coral Reef Are Dreaming Again’ made it’s world premiere at Slamdance Film Festival, January 18-23, 2014 as part of the Experimental Shorts program.
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