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Marina Zurkow, Mesocosm (Wink, TX)
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TITLE:  Mesocosm (Wink, TX)
ARTIST:  Marina Zurkow
WORK DATE:  2012
CATEGORY:  Video/Film
MATERIALS:  custom software-driven hand-drawn animation
STYLE:  Contemporary
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  bitforms gallery  +1-212-366-6939  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  144-hour cycle (24-minute day, 144-hour year)
color, sound, computer
display dimensions variable

Mesocosm (Wink, Texas) is part of an ongoing series of animated landscapes that develop and change over time in response to software-driven data inputs. The title is drawn from the field of environmental science and refers to experimental, simulated ecosystems, which allow for manipulation of the physical environment and are used for biological, community, and ecological research. They are drawn by hand, frame-by-frame, yet their choreographies are dynamic—not predetermined or canned—dictated by constraints in real-time.

Wink, Texas is the most recent landscape to be animated as part of this Mesocosm series. In the animation, a large sinkhole— the “Wink Sink 2” located on located on private oil company property in the small Texas town of Wink—boils, gushes, flows and expels objects: plastic bags, oil and dark clouds that whirl out of the sinkhole’s vortex in ghostly choreography. Oil refineries burn off gases in plumes in the background as an occasional train or coyote lumbers past. This sinkhole has been widening steadily since it emerged in 2002; here, it appears as a natural geological event, complete with picnic rest stop furnishings. By day, the landscape is inhabited by a diversity of bird life, prairie dogs, insects, pronghorn antelope, HazMat workers and—depending on the season—by migrating monarch butterflies, snakes and sandhill cranes.
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Marina Zurkow: Necrocracy  Jan 10 - Feb 16, 2013
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