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‘Coral Orgy’ Retrospective

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Thanks to everyone that attended the CORAL ORGY as part of the 10th Borscht Film Festival this past Friday, February 24th at the New World Center on Miami Beach. CORAL ORGY was a site-specific audiovisual collaboration by Coral Morphologic and Animal Collective on the cosmic secrets behind the sexual reproduction of corals. Coral Morphologic proposes that unlocking the secrets of coral reproduction is a culminating achievement in humankind’s quest for colonization of planet Earth, and a first step towards restoring a healthy biosphere.

Animal Collective performed an hour of new music inspired by the reefs while Coral Morphologic projections painted a cosmic world of fluorescent coral inside the Frank Gehry-designed concert hall.

Read reviews of the event here: Creators & Miami New Times.

We are grateful to have been able to include footage of one of the first predicted stony coral spawns in captivity from Project Coral at the Horniman Museum. This advancement in coral reproduction (led by aquarist Jamie Craggs) is evidence that humanity is finally crossing this all-important milestone at just the critical juncture when the world’s coral reefs are ailing most. We are proud to support the work of SECORE and the Coral Restoration Foundation, and were thrilled to be able to display their footage of corals spawning in nature across the New World Center’s 7,000 square foot video projection wall in Soundscape Park prior to the main event.

‘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).

‘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.

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 $10 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!

ATP Curated by Animal Collective

Monday, May 9th, 2011

We are psyched to share that a selection of our Natural History films will screen on ATP TV during this upcoming weekend’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival as curated by Animal Collective, in Minehead, UK. This will be the first international exhibition of our physical work; read more about the festival here.

‘Man O War’

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

‘Man O War’
Physalia physalis
Film + Aquarium: Coral Morphologic
Original Soundtrack: Geologist

In this special installment of our Natural History film series, Geologist soundtracks a macroscopic view of a Portuguese man-o-war’s beautiful, yet highly venomous tentacles.

The man-o-war is often mistaken as a jellyfish, but this is not the case. It does not swim, but is instead propelled by the winds, tides and currents across the ocean’s surface. In fact, a man-o-war is not even a single organism, but an entire colony of organisms called siphonophores, that live together as a singular unit. They are found floating across all of the world’s tropical and subtropical oceans. Even more impressive is that the man-o-war colony is comprised of four different types of polyps, called zooids, that each serve a different purpose to the overall functioning of the colony.

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Borscht 7

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

This Saturday, March 23rd is the seventh edition of the Borscht Film Festival. The lineup of awesome talent is nuts; Jillian Mayer collaborating w/ Uncle Luke + Rakontur, Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Jorge Rubiera, Andrew Hevia, etc.

Look out for a Morphologic collaboration in the Lucas Leyva-directed short film ‘The Tragic Heptology’, also featuring Rosie Herrera and ANR. In addition, we will be proudly premiering the 24th installment of our Natural History film series, ‘Man O War’, a collaborative film with Geologist of Animal Collective. Free admission at the Knight Concert Hall, Arsht Center, Downtown Miami | 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 23.