Where All Life Dies
for Fixed Media (2-Channel Audio or DVD)
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Ann Arbor, Michigan - 2002)
Commissioned by Patricia Olynyk, artist
Where all life dies (2002), was commissioned by Patricia Olynyk, artist, to be incorporated into her artist's book, Patterns of Expression for the Humanbird. Her work contemplates the science of genetic manipulation and it addresses the moral issues that accompany these practices. In this piece, Ms. Olynyk raises the following questions: how much manipulation can take place before something natural becomes unnatural? What are the consequences of imagining these spectacular life forms?
Where all life dies was realized in the Electronic Music Studios at The University of Michigan using Pro Tools and was converted into a Flash presentation by videographers Patrick Young, Gregory Steel, and Andre Grewe at The University of Michigan School of Art & Design. The excerpted readings were performed by Patricia Olynyk from John Milton's, "Paradise Lost;" William Wordsworth's, "The Tables Turned;" and Olynyk's own writing on the subject. This project was made possible by the University of Michigan's Office of the Vice President for Research and the Life Sciences, Values, and Society Program, and by the Dean's Discretionary Funds at the School of Art and Design.
Where all life dies, death lives, and nature breeds
perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things, abominable, unutterable,
and worse than fables yet have feigned or fear conceived:
gorgons, and hydras, and chimeras dire.
- John Milton, "Paradise Lost"
Sweet is the lore which Nature brings
Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:
- William Wordsworth, "The Tables Turned"
How much manipulation can take place before something natural becomes unnatural?
What are the consequences of imagining these spectacular life forms?
Patterns of expression for the humanbird?
Well, they include a multitude of meta-patterns:
binaries, layers, cycles, breaks and borders, centers, geometrical configurations that occur repeatedly in the form and provide recognizable clues to our own identities.
- Patricia Olynyk, artist
September to October 2002
Artwork: Patterns of Expression for the Humanbird - Patricia Olynyk, artist
Exhibition: The Liquid Languages of Artists Books
In collaboration with Fusion/Fission: Coming Together/Moving Apart
Mid America Print Council 2002 Conference
Loggia Gallery, University Art Museum (Laramie, Wyoming)
University of Wyoming (Laramie, Wyoming)
Premiere Performance of the DVD:
Tuesday, March 2, 2004, 8:00 p.m.
Video Projection of artwork and audio
"Eclectronica," Electronic Music Micro-Festival
New music by the students and faculty of the U of M Electronic Music Studios
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)