Cyanovisions - Short Film

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Raised by 36 people in 7 months
Dear Friends, we need your help to create the short film Cyanovisions that explores our relationship to our changing environment. Its a multimedia project spanning the genres of video, installation, dance, bioart, environmental science, and fashion - involving diverse Bay Area artists from the queer community and beyond. Cyanovisions examines climate change, harmful algae blooms and biotechnology; and hopes to redefine our perspectives on our impact of the ecosystems we inhabit, other species, and imagine more symbiotic futures.

Cyanovisions is a project led by Tiare Ribeaux with filmmaker Jody Stillwater, Danger Charles, and artists Megan Noelle Low, Crystal Titus, Micah Morris, Pseuda, Jader, Dasha Ortenberg, Adrianx, Jon Leezy, Kim Ip, Andrej Hronco, Tiffany McColl, Keri Shewmaker, Inti Ramirez, and others.

31318780_1539633222249212_r.jpegSecond Film Shoot of Cyanovisions at B4BEL4B Gallery

31318780_1537209912860608_r.jpegFirst Film Shoot on Clear Lake with Cyanovisions Team, Photo by Max Schwartz

31318780_1537210160660582_r.jpegSet Design and Bio-Art Exhibition for Cyanovisions, on view until Sept 28th at B4BEL4B Gallery

If you want to support the realization of this project, donations of any level help!

Optional Tiers:::
Contribute $20 or more for a thank you on the credits
Contribute $50 for a bioplastics making session with Tiare (Bay Area)
Contribute $100 for your own in-person microscopy viewing session with Tiare (Bay Area)
Contribute $250 for a unique 3D print based on microalgae/cyanobacteria
Contribute $1000 or more to be listed as co-producer on the credits

All funding will go toward the creation of this film which will involve renting camera equipment and lenses, sourcing materials for costumes, set design, bio/lab equipment, paying collaborative artists, sound design, post-production and more. The costumes and bio art works and props for set design are currently art objects shown as an exhibition, currently on display at B4BEL4B Gallery until September 28th.

31318780_1533243509584858_r.jpegPhoto by Krolikowski Art, Tiare Ribeaux analyzing water samples 

31318780_1536264297106434_r.jpegPhoto by Irina Kostyshina - Algae Blooms in the Dnipro River in Kyiv

31318780_1533142947392289_r.jpegStill from "Small Crimes - Palm Fronds" Directed by Jody Stillwater

Cyanovisions is going to be elegant and mutant, fashion forward, subversive, visually engaging, genre and gender-bending - while critiquing our technologies today and imagining more collective and symbiotic ways of being.

Humans have become so far removed from other species and ecosystems that we've changed our planet’s surfaces and oceans completely. California, the state that we're currently based in, is on fire. We’re living in a world that is urgently out of balance. One indicator of our earth out of balance is harmful algal blooms of cyanobacteria, the species that initially gave us life by creating oxygen on our planet billions of years ago, yet now proliferating as toxic blooms globally in rivers and lakes due to human pollutants. This film will begin to reframe our relationship to other species, ecosystems and microorganisms.  

31318780_1533243576469524_r.jpegBioplastic garments by Tiare Ribeaux

Cyanobacteria are ancient organisms that were the first to create oxygen on the planet through photosynthesis. Later through endosymbiosis, they became the chloroplasts that exist in all plants today, as well as enabling complex ecological systems and all oxygen dependent life on our planet today. Proliferating at times as harmful algal blooms (HABs) in rivers, lakes and estuaries around the world, they recently have been creating toxic environments for humans and other species through eutrophication events and cyanotoxins. As the element first created by this ancient life form sustains us, humans in turn, generate the pollutants that stimulate its unmitigated and toxic growth. Humans also create new forms of life through synthetic biology, gene editing, and genetic engineering. We also are able to harness energy, food, and biofuel from different strains of cyanobacteria.

Through short film we will explore these entanglements of humans and cyanobacteria, and in addition, shift perspectives of humans as single entities to symbiotic entities. Through this film, we will reframe the human body as a system in relation with the ecological systems it often impacts.

www.tiareribeaux.com // www.vimeo.com/brightspectrum    

31318780_1533066566959173_r.jpegStill from short film "M", by Bright Spectrum Director Jody Stillwater

31318780_1533070583337930_r.jpegPerformance Artist Psueda at Gray Area Theater

31318780_1533065115873586_r.jpeg3D modeling in VR by Tiare Ribeaux

31318780_1533070701186585_r.jpegStill from the "Wind Telephone" by Director Jody Stillwater with Jon Leezy

Thank you for helping us to realize this vision, it would not be possible without your support!
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A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far, and we want to share exciting news! We've just cut a teaser, a first look at the progress of footage from our last two shoots here: www.vimeo.com/tiareribeaux/cyanovisions
We're at a standstill for funding now, and still have 2-3 more scenes to shoot - we would hugely appreciate if you can share out this campaign to your friends, colleagues, and anyone who would want to support this work to see it finished and realized! We're unable to proceed unless we can find more funding!

We are so grateful for your support so far, and especially to the incredible team who has been working on this project alongside myself and Jody Stillwater: Danger Charles, Inti Martí Fernández, Keri Shewmaker, Kim Ip, Micah Morris, Adrian Clutario, Jon Leezy, Megan Noelle Low, Diem Dangerous-Rose, Crystal Titus, Tiffany McColl, Juliana Valente, Dasha Ortenberg, Andrej Hrončo, Orlando Rivera, Dolan Chorng, Markus Fields, HAH Holton, Max K. Schwartz, Pseuda, Ja Der, and a big thank you to The Little Giant Lighting and Grip Co. for donating the lights for our last shoot!
Please continue to share this campaign or donate if you have the capacity!
We hope to raise enough to film our next scenes in the coming months ahead!
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This past weekend we did our first film shoot at Clear Lake, hunting for algae blooms on a small boat, collecting samples, and more. It was energizing to work with such a fantastic crew of humans and we can't wait to get on location again, but need to raise more funds to continue filming! Here are some glimpses into this past weekend. Please continue to spread the word and help us raise funds to continue shooting this film!
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Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the Cyanovisions exhibition and fundraising party this past Saturday, and to everyone who supports and believes in this project! We’ve made it to 28% of our goal for the short film and have adjusted the goal accordingly. We have also built one of the main set designs for the film, please continue to contribute to the fundraiser if you have the means!
It means so much that you believe in the work we are doing and embracing artwork with microbial life. While wildfires burn out of control in California and a temple burns in the desert, we built a temple of water that house living organisms It’s so important to have conversations around how we can live differently with and among other species and how we impact our ecosystems, and can change the way we think about our the earth as an organism that we are also a part of.
The exhibit will be up until Sept 15 - write to tiare@b4bel4b.com if you have donated and would like to visit the exhibition of initial studies for Cyanovisions until then!
A big thank you to Dasha Ro, Crystal Titus, Robin Gruver, Voidplenum, Jader, Pseuda, Jillian Gnarling, and everyone else who made the fundraising event a success!
We'll be posting another update on Monday of all the beautiful humans that were involved, performances, and guests... stay tuned Tiare Ribeaux
#bioart #cyanovisions #climatechange #solarpunk #microscopy #wip #ecoart #cyanobacteria #spirulina #immersiveart
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