Cyanovisions

Cyanovisions is a new body of work and short film that explores our relationship to our changing environment. It looks deeply into life as a complex systems on micro and macro scales, climate change and harmful algae blooms, microbial life, experiments in gene editing, synthetic biology and more. It will blur the line between science fact and science fiction, and imagine more symbiotic and multi-species futures.

Funding

We're asking for your help to fund this project, as there are very few grants that support this type of experimental work.

All funding will go toward the creation of this film which will involve renting camera equipment and lenses, sourcing materials for costumes, set design including a large photobioreactor to harvest food/energy from microalgae, bio/lab equipment, paying collaborative artists, sound design, post-production and more.

Team

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. It's a continuation of work and research Tiare began as part of the American Arts Incubator in Ukraine, that has evolved into this film.

It's 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.

Still from "Small Crimes - Palm Fronds" Directed by Jody Stillwater
Photo by Krolikowski Art, Tiare Ribeaux analyzing water samples from the Dnipro River in Kyiv Still from short film "M", by Bright Spectrum Director Jody Stillwater Performance Artist Pseuda at Gray Area Theater

Vision

PETase Animation by Professor John McGeehan / University of Portsmouth Photo by Tanya Bohuslavska, Algae Blooms in the Dnipro River in Vyshgorod, Ukraine

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.

Just as the oxygen 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.