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Slipstreamkonza transposes, or ‘slipstreams’ the invisible and inaudible processes of carbon photosynthesis into sound and image, around the possible  'carbon sink', in native virgin and disturbed grasslands ecosystems. Carbon absorption and release data at ground level (up to 3 meters) on the tallgrass prairie in eastern Kansas recasts as data sonification and visualization. The breathing of the prairie, as carbon absorption and release, on a diurnal pattern, changes throughout the year, depending on many factors, including wind and sunlight, the latter varying dramatically with the change of seasons. The huge data sets ( up to 6 million numbers per day)  involved in microclimate studies suggest a sublime condition -- we approach nature through the veil of data, themselves artifacts of our hypotheses.  One may take measure not of the prairie itself but of our frustrated and inexorable desire to comprehensively understand it. Ironically I thought it would be productive to apply Fluxus techniques (algorithmic strategies) to mashing both datasets from the prairie and straight photography and audio site recordings, into a slipstream, so in a way you’re combining the game-like plays of instructions inside a site-system of numbers. Whether or not the prairie really sequesters carbon in a way that could be productive for humans and their economies of excess is up for grabs. But the project has the advantage of letting the ‘presencing’ of the data transpositions happen in an open, precariously variable field.

Slipsteamkonza includes sonification/animation, medium format photography, and digital photomontage.

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Slipstreaming the Cyborg
CTHEORY Interview with Christina McPhee May 2005 online CTHEORY
Christina McPhee in conversation with Francesca De Nicolò