SEA SOAR (2015)
Lyndsay Ellis Bloom
16mm to Video, score by Caroline Louise Miller - 50 minutes
Admission is by donation (pay what you can)
MONOGRAPH is pleased to present Lynsday Ellis Bloom’s 2015 feature SEA SOAR.
Scientific expedition aboard the R/V Roger Revelle
Departed Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 17 March 2014
Arrived Malakal Harbor, Palau, 11 April 2014
Shaun Johnston, chief scientist, SIO
Lyndsay Ellis Bloom, graduate student, UCSD
Meredith Ann Epp, graduate student, SIO
Esther Portela Rodriguez, graduate student, CICESE
Laura Ashley Russell, volunteer
Bianca Flor Araiza Soria, graduate student, CICESE
Carl Mattson, development engineer, SIO STS
Robert L. Palomares III, engineer senior electronics technician, SIO STS
Francisco Amada, Eddie Angeles, Joey Brown, Richard Buck, John Clifford, Drew Cole, Jay Erickson, Mike Gaylord, Kevin Gillette, Jack Healy, Phil Hogan, Craig Hunt, Jeff Kirby, Joe Martino, Kevin Moran, Captain Dave Murline, Matt Peer, Jonathan Peters, Matt Serio, Paul Shute, Harry Smith, Rob Widdrington, Daniel Yang
SEA SOAR (2015) documents a 25-day research expedition from Kaohsiung (Taiwan) to Koror (Palau), on which the filmmaker worked as an oceanographic researcher aboard the research vessel (R/V) Roger Revelle, in collaboration with physical oceanographers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The experimental narrative stars SeaSoar, a data-acquisition vehicle towed on the open ocean and equipped with a conductivity-temperature-depth instrument. The scientific goal of the expedition was to observe major low-latitude, zonal currents in the western Pacific and their encounters with abrupt topography. While steaming at eight knots, a spatial survey of currents, temperature, and salinity were obtained from the R/V Roger Revelle’s Doppler sonars and SeaSoar. Bloom monitored SeaSoar’s recordings in the ship’s computer lab, and likewise, her Bolex camera surveyed various aspects of the expedition: the ocean, ship, scientific instruments and experiments, five female researchers (herself included), as well as the all-male crew, about 25 men. Incorporating different b/w, color, reversal and negative film stocks, the 50-minute, mostly hand-processed, 16mm film likens the effects of global warming and ocean acidification to the scratches on and discoloration of the celluloid. SEA SOAR's score was composed by Ph.D. candidate in music composition Caroline Miller, who worked as an oceanographic researcher on a similar Revelle expedition one year prior, under lead scientist Dr. Caitlin Whalen.
Lyndsay Ellis Bloom (b. Florida, USA) is a filmmaker and artist working in experimental cinema and film installation. Bloom’s process involves putting media archeology into practice, investigating the physical properties of celluloid film, and considering intersections between the history of materials usage, film processing techniques and digital technologies. Her recent works follow a trajectory of merging experimental film and science, including collaborative projects with oceanographers and limnologists. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2006, and her MFA from The University of California, San Diego in 2016. Bloom's films have screened in venues as diverse as Cineteca Tijuana at CECUT, The 9th Berlin International Directors Lounge, Peras De Olmo-Ars Continua in Buenos Aires, Pleasure Dome in Toronto, Fylkingen in Stockholm, Brooklyn's Microscope Gallery, The Harvard Film Archive, Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, The Martin Johnson House at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, SFMOMA, Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco, UCLA’s New Wight Gallery, Commonwealth & Council in Los Angeles, CineMarfa Film Festival, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Her eclectic experiences include assisting filmmakers Babette Mangolte and Jennifer Reeves, building dioramas for the Climate Change exhibit at The American Museum of Natural History in New York, as well as the Hidden Gems exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum, in addition to working on the R/V Roger Revelle as an oceanographic researcher for Scripps on a 25-day expedition from Taiwan to Palau. Bloom attended artist residencies including MAAS Artist Residence in Nijmegen, Netherlands, SOMA Summer in Ciudad de México, and Film Farm near Mount Forest, Ontario.
MONOGRAPH would like to thank EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society for graciously hosting this presentation in their screening room space.