Hope Ginsburg, Matt Flowers, Joshua Quarles

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Swirling captures the processes of underwater coral farming and reef restoration and brings them to viewers in a four-channel video installation with sound. Three main screens reveal parts of the process; a fourth and smaller screen shows thriving coral outplanted to the reef with the fish that have returned to live in its habitat. This fourth channel is only one possible end to a story that is otherwise full of questions, particularly given the Climate Report released in October 2018 by the United Nations predicting a mass die-off of coral reefs by 2040. Swirling’s processes are alternately pragmatic and surreal and point to human ingenuity and folly in the face of catastrophic climate change. The work is named for one of the shooting locations, the “Swirling Reef of Death”, and the “swirling” of factors that will determine the unknown outcome of the coral restoration narrative.

Hope Ginsburg, Matt Flowers, Joshua Quarles

Shot on location in the coral nurseries and outplant sites of The Nature Conservancy in the Caribbean in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Divers
Conrad Hoover
Emmanuel Irizarry-Soto
Kemit-Amon Lewis
Pamela Pedley
Lisa K. Terry


Camera
Matt Flowers

Editing and Color
Alexis McCrimmon

Sound
Joshua Quarles

Support Provided By
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Robert Rauschenberg Residency
VCUarts Art Foundation Program
VCUarts Arts Research Institute
Film / Video Studio at the Wexner Center for the Arts


Special Thanks
Elissa Armstrong
Ann Brady
Molly Burke
Shelly Casto
Christine Costello
Sarah B. Cunningham
Greg Falconer
Emory Flowers
Jeff Gay
Lisa Gay
Rachel Hilton
Bill Horrigan
Sarah Howard
Jenny Keith
Jennifer Lange
Heather McRae
Ty McRae
Paul Vrabcak
Michele Wick
Jeff Zaring

Cane Bay Dive Shop
Discovery Grove
Smith College Kahn Liberal Arts Institute
The Nature Conservancy in the Caribbean


Swirling premiered in the Sponge Exchange exhibition, January 17–March 7, 2020, at the USF Contemporary Art Museum, curated by Sarah Howard. Many thanks to Sarah Howard, Anthony Wong Palms, Don Fuller and Gary Schmitt for their installation design and support.


The Swirling project preview, March–August 2019, took place at the Arts Research Institute at VCUarts, supported by a 2018–2019 Arts Research Fellowship. Many thanks to Sarah B. Cunningham, Tracy Leipold, Dinkus Deane and his team, Joanna Patzig and all supporters at VCUarts. Read about the ARI fellowship year here


Read an article about Swirling in VCU News: "Optimistic and Tragic: A Glimpse of Coral Restoration".


Read about Swirling in the Sponge Exchange exhibition catalog

 

Excerpts 3 min 56 sec
Four-channel video installation with sound
12 min 58 sec

Divers

Conrad Hoover

Emmanuel Irizarry-Soto

Kemit-Amon Lewis

Pamela Pedley

Lisa K. Terry


Camera

Matt Flowers


Editing and Color

Alexis McCrimmon


Sound

Joshua Quarles


Shot on location in the coral nurseries and outplant sites of The Nature Conservancy in the Caribbean in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.


Support provided by the Film / Video Studio Program at the Wexner Center for the Arts.


A complete list of credits is at the link above.

Photo: Will Lytch

Installation view: Sponge Exchange

USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida

2020

Photo: Will Lytch

Installation view: Sponge Exchange

USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida

2020

Photo: Will Lytch

Installation view: Sponge Exchange

USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida

2020

Photo: Will Lytch

Installation view: Sponge Exchange

USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida

2020

Pictured to the Left: Coastorama

Photo: Will Lytch

Installation view: Sponge Exchange

USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida

2020

Pictured to the Right: Coastorama