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‘Coral Lords’

Friday, July 21st, 2017

We are psyched to share that Colin provided the spoken word intro to the song ‘Coral Lords’ from Animal Collective member Avey Tare‘s beautiful new album, Eucalyptus. The passage reads:

“Corals were the first timekeepers of Planet Earth. For more than half a billion years, their internal clocks have been synchronized with the sun and the moon. However, it would take life several hundred million years of further evolution before finally crawling out of from beneath the liquid lens of the ocean and into the open air where it would develop the consciousness necessary to ask the question, then the intelligence needed to invent the technology to empirically measure its objective reality. Thus, the purpose of life is to quantify the nature of the cosmos itself. The development of symbiosis between coral and humankind appears as a harbinger for the final stages of life on earth. Our ouroboros is nearly complete.”

‘Signs of Life’

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Coral Morphologic makes a cameo in the new Arcade Fire music video, ‘Signs of Life.’ The vid was made by Mayer/ Leyva & the Borscht Corp. family, and follows two paranormal investigators (Shariff Earp & Carly Mark) through the weird world(s) of South Florida.

‘Coral Orgy’ by Animal Collective & Coral Morphologic

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

On February 24th 2017, Coral Morphologic, Borscht Corp., and III Points present ‘Coral Orgy’, a collaborative site specific performance with Animal Collective at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center on Miami Beach as part of the 10th Borscht Film Festival (Borscht Diez). ‘Coral Orgy’ is an audiovisual meditation on the secrets behind the sexual reproduction of corals, and an invocation towards the human quest of unlocking them. Animal Collective will perform an hour of new music inspired by the reefs while Coral Morphologic projects a cosmic world of fluorescent coral inside the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center performance using its twelve 4k projectors to map all five of Gehry’s sails. The audience is free to explore various experiences throughout the building, including a Bermuda triangle ritual by Otto von Schirach, screenings of short films, new virtual, augmented, aural, and physical realities by Hot SugarMayer\Leyva, and more. Before the performance Coral Morphologic films will play outside on the 7,000 square foot projection wall in Soundscape Park. 

Tickets on sale Tuesday, February 7th via https://coralorgy.frontgatetickets.com

Through this event, Coral Morphologic and Animal Collective aim to highlight the groundbreaking scientific work done on coral reproduction by the non-profits Coral Restoration Foundation (USA), SECORE (GER), and Project Coral (UK).

‘Fish n’ Trips’

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

We are psyched to make an appearance in a new episode of Hamilton Morris’ Viceland TV show, Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia. Colin & Hamilton dive on Miami’s Cosmic Reef in search of a marine sponge known to contain psychedelic compounds. Watch via Viceland.

Waterlust X Coral Morphologic Apparel Recycled From Plastic Bottles

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

We are pleased to share the first release in a series of apparel recycled from post-consumer plastic bottles, in collaboration with our friends at Waterlust. The ‘Cosmic Coral’ leggings feature a Coral Morphologic zoanthid print, and are now available to purchase from the Waterlust online shop. Zoanthids are a type of colonial soft coral that form honeycomb-like mats of polyp clones that grow over rocks on the reef, including those here in Miami. The leggings are 86% RPET (recycled polyester), 14% lycra, giving 10 post-consumer plastic bottles a positive future. Additionally, they are printed using dye-sublimation, an environmentally friendly process which uses no water and minimizes waste. 10% of profits go toward our efforts to research and document Miami’s imperiled coral reefs.

‘Flower Garden Banks’

Friday, October 30th, 2015

It’s a treat to share Flower Garden Banks, an Animal Collective X Coral Morphologic collaboration featuring “Michael, Remember (Jam May 12, 2015)”, the first warm-up jam for Animal Collective upon getting together to practice for the first time in a year and a half. It features Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist, and was recorded at Drop of Sun Studios in Asheville, NC. The accompanying underwater video was recorded in July 2014 within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary over two nights by Colin, with additional camera and lighting by Deakin and Geologist of Animal Collective. The raw jam and video were later shared, and the resulting video was edited by Jared.

The Flower Garden Banks are located about 100 miles offshore Galveston, Texas in the Gulf of Mexico and are the northernmost coral reef formations in the continental United States. The reef begins at about 60’ deep and is characterized by massive brain coral heads and a lack of branching or soft corals. The corals were filmed with special blue wavelength lights and filters that capture the natural fluorescence of the colonies. While the evolutionary purpose that this fluorescence serves corals is still not fully understood, the directed application of the corals’ fluorescent proteins by geneticists was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008 by serving to accelerate (and literally illuminate) the field of genetics and biochemistry.