Interactive Coast is a moving-image art installation that will mix 16mm film and digital footage. Inspired by the cyclical nature of the biological concept of succession, this installation will focus on human interactions with nature and architecture, specifically at the beaches on the East Coast of Florida. In its biological definition of the word, “Succession is the gradual transformation or creation of a biological community as new species move into an area and modify local environmental conditions” (Rehkopf 1581). The coast, once with its undeveloped tract of mangroves and sand dunes is now interspersed with construction, oil spills, and commercial development of natural habitats on the coast. The timeline of humanity on earth seems bleak, but may just be part of a cycle that ultimately leaves nature to one day take back its environment. My creative process of making this installation involves exploring and drawing critical conclusions about the effect of human development and activity on the cycles of the natural environment—with Hollywood beach as a visual, creative, and exploratory case study. The evolution of film stock succeeded by digital data, will act as a parallel motif in the project—this will serve as a form of a cycle, like the nitrogen or phosphorous cycle. The installation will place the viewer surrounded by three screens and observing the cycle take place. In the end, I hope that the installation will assist in drawing more attention to the current epoch of human destruction known as Anthropocene.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
College of Sciences
Nicholson School of Communication and Media
Monsalve, Manuela, "Interactive Coast" (2021). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1087.