Reawakening


2019

Video on monitor, mirror turntable, cassiterite from Jiangxi Province, China.


This work was a collaboration with Jadu Heart, and produced during an online residency on the theme of post-humanism at Digital Artist Residency, and exhibited as part of the associated exhibition ‘Remember Me’ at Magdalen Art Space, Oxford.

In a fantasy future it is discovered that minerals carry memories over Millennia. Spontaneously, they decide to reveal their stories upon insertion into smartphones during the manufacturing process at Chen Tin.

In Myanmar, the leading global supplier of tin for the smartphone industry, a revelation has been unearthed at one of the Chen Tin factories.

At the site of the ancient habitat of Barbaturex Morrisoni (a giant lizard that went extinct 40 million years ago), a piece of tin ore has revealed an unlikely intertemporal and interspecies relationship between the lizard and Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors. The pair are not tied together simply by nomenclature, but due to a case of unprecedented atavism, are in fact entwined in a cycle of reincarnation.

An archive of the webpage presentation of the work creating during the residency can be accessed here.






Installation shots from ‘Remember Me’, Magdalen Art Space, Oxford




Credits

Produced for Digital Artist Residency.
Directed and edited by ZOOX.
Original score composed by Jadu Heart.
Filmed by Georgie Brinkman (ZOOX) at Wollumbin National Park, Australia, National History Museum, London, and in artist’s home.
Translation by Bonnie Chan.
Chen Tin representative played by Bonnie Chan.
Speculative illustration of Barbaturex Morrisoni by Angie Fox, Nebraska State Museum of Natural History.
Diagram of fossil specimens of Barbaturex Morrisoni - Figure 1. (Jason J. Head Gregg F. Gunnell Patricia A. Holroyd J. Howard Hutchison Russell L. Ciochon Giant lizards occupied herbivorous mammalian ecospace during the Paleogene greenhouse in Southeast Asia. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.)
Links to found video footage - mining animations by ImageMaker Advertising Inc., Hatching of Tuatura Cannibals, BBC Earth, 'HWY: An American Pastoral' by Jim Morrison, footage inside a Chinese phone factory.
Links to 3D model - Psittacosaurus vertebrae.