This project seeks to recreate all of the images from John James Audubon's ”Birds of North America" and explore the precarious balance of human and animal which make them so beloved. It taps in to Audubon’s obsession to investigate tensions between stillness/movement and life/death, creating a contemporary reexamination of America’s wildness.

The desire to understand and participate in humanity's place in the fabric of nature drove Audubon to create "Birds of North America", and this project searches out that same wildness. The differences and similarities of the two projects as they're worked on 150 years apart highlights the poignant changes that have manifested in humanity's ongoing and troubled relationship with the natural world.

Role: Director

Collaborators: Benjamin Cheney, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Brooks Frederickson, Carson Moody, Del Robles, Eric Bowling, Evan Arntzen, Ian Hutchinson, Jessica Greer, JT Rooney, Justin Burry, Matt Cantor, Megan Odom, Rachel Oliver Young, Rebecca Hadley, Sarah Shively, Tsible


October 12th - 14th 2017 Southern Colorado Film Festival, Alamosa CO. 

Birds of America is an official selection

July 2nd 2017 Zaccho Theater, San Francisco CA.

Works in progress showing staring Sonya Smith

May 5th 2017 The Fuller Projects, Bloomington, IN.

I am honored to collaborarte with filmmaker and digital artist Sarah Lasley to present a experimental theatrical performance based on the lives of women involved with Birds of America

May 3rd 2017 The Moving Image Archive, Bloomington IN.

Screened as part of The Body And Transcendence

May - August 2017 The Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

The Birds of America video series will be screened as part of the Station to Station exhibit

July 2017 Bomp Pop Art Show, Brooklyn NY.

Performance with Rebecca Hadley

October 30th - 31st 2016 "Convergent Forms" Atlas Theater, Boulder CO

Performance Images

Gallery Show

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