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VICE Magazine Vol. 21 No. 8

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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A morphing loop of ‘The Humongous Fungus Among Us Issue’ photographed under daylight, blacklight, and fluorescence filter.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the August, 2014 offering from VICE Magazine, ‘The Humongous Fungus Among Us Issue’, which features a special blacklight-reactive cover depicting Zoanthus polyps cloned and photographed in the Coral Morphologic lab. The issue’s contents are also available online, including the cover story, ‘Miami Is Drowning‘, by John McSwain.

‘Coral Reef City’ @ PortMiami

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

A ‘Coral Reef City‘ vinyl-wrapped parking booth at PortMiami, 2014. Photo: Gesi Schilling

Earlier this year we teamed with artist and friend Bhakti Baxter to wrap 18 parking booths at PortMiami with colorful vinyl, vividly depicting portraits of Miami’s now-iconic soft corals, Zoanthids. ‘Coral Reef City’ was commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places and will remain at the port through 2024, welcoming 4 million visitors annually. As of this week, we are honored to announce that the project was awarded among the best public art projects in the nation by Americans for the Arts as part of their Public Art 2014 Year in Review.

Coral Morphologic presents ‘Natural History Redux’

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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!

 

Adult Swim | Off The Air – ‘Nature’

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

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.

‘Spectre In Wire’ | DIM PAST

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

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.

Miami Magazine

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

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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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‘The Coral Reef Are Dreaming Again’

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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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