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Exploration of a Failure
Rise
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Icelandtrain
Virtuality
Eyma
Archeology of Tourism
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Performance TOASC (Virtuality)



Tales of a Sea Cow 2012
The context of this project is a fictional story describing how a team of scientists working in Greenland has achieved the first ever decoding of animal communication.
For the first time in history they "translated" the song of a marine mammal - the Steller's sea cow-, a species, which was until now thought extinct since 1768.

This rediscovery of this species and the decoding of their songs have
revealed striking results: the content of the decoding consists in endless lists and databases containing a precise monitoring of human activity.

Tales of a Sea Cow is a project mixing reality and fiction, art and science. Combining a fictional documentary and a multimedia project (installation, video, photography and sculptures), Tales of a Sea Cow is a dialog with scientific methodologies, but also a metaphor about interpreting nature and anthropomorphism.

Feature Documentary Tales of a Sea Cow



Video stills from Tales of a Sea Cow, feature documentary
HD video, color, 52 minutes
2012.

Click here to watch a TRAILER for Tales of a Sea Cow



Series Tales of a Sea Cow (selection)



Steller's sea cow observations
Series of 9 inkjets prints with annotations
65 x 165 cm
2012.



Steller's sea cow's lip and vibrissae
Silicon, pigments and various materials
30 cm x 18 x 4 cm
2012.



Scientists at work : Jena Torgessik holding a vibrissa
Inkjet Print
40 x 71 cm
2012.



Scientists at work : Jena Torgessik and Thorarinn Baldursson, field recording around Maniitsoq, Greenland.
Inkjet Print
40 x 71 cm
2012.




Series of posters (from left to right): The Rediscovery of Steller's Sea Cow, Steller's Sea Cow Habitat, The Neurological Specificity of Steller's Sea Cow
Inkjet Prints mounted on aluminum
75 x 110 cm
2012.



A.V.S.C
SLS Nylon Plastic 3D Print, electronic components and various materials.
30 x 30 x 15 cm.
2012.



Stellar
Interactive installation: D-bond, silicon, LED screens, electronic components, MiniMac, software and mixed materials
41cm x 88cm x 75cm
2012.



Catagram 1, Catagram 2, Catagram 3 (from left to right)
3d print (SLS technique), nylon plastic and alumide composite
13 x 13 x 13 cm (each piece)
2012.



Datas and Analysis, 2009-2011
4 Binders (A4 size each), 400 pages with annotations
2012.



Searching
Inkjet print
75 x 110 cm
2012.



Tales of a Sea Cow
Inkjet print
75 cm x 110 cm
2012.



Reflective Mist
Inkjet print
75 cm x 110 cm
2012.



Connecting
Inkjet print
75 cm x 110 cm
2012.