Orbit is a phonotrope project about the relationship between humanity and the sun. It consists of:
- a 7 minute short film,
- an interactive installation,
- a flexi disc,
- and a print series with associated animations.
The short film had its festival premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in January 2019 (the film is being distributed by Bonobostudio). The interactive installation was presented at WORM UBIK in Rotterdam in April 2018. January 2019 also saw the launch of the ORBIT flexi disc, a playable and filmable record with the film’s soundtrack and one of its phonotrope designs. A series of monotypes incorporating the orbit designs was produced on an artist residency at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California in January 2019. Some of these prints were re-animated, creating videos that can be displayed alongside the prints themselves. Four of these prints + animations are in the collection of the Kala Art Institute Gallery.
Here you can see images and videos related to each iteration of the project, including a trailer for the short film, a documentation video of the flexi, a documentation video of the installation (more pictures and info about the exhibition, for which Tess was project leader, here) and an excerpt from one of the animated print videos. To purchase a flexi disc, email email@example.com. To inquire about purchasing the prints/videos, contact the Kala Gallery.
Short film info:
Spinning drawings guide us along the flow of energy through our planet, and let us ponder our place in the natural cycle.
The sun’s energy circulates throughout the earth, feeding the cycle of life. Everything is connected in a natural loop, which repeats, like the circular discs of magical optical toys. This perfectly balanced rhythm is disrupted by human excess, throwing the cycle out of orbit and temporarily stopping the circulation of energy in nature.
Film by Tess Martin
Music by Jason Staczek
Camera by Matija Pekic
Made possible by
Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie
Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst
Djerassi Resident Artist Program