Kristin Lucas: Speculative Habitat for Sponsored Seabirds
Nov 19, 2019–July 20, 2020
In Speculative Habitat for Sponsored Seabirds, Kristin Lucas turns whitney.org into a “living” environment for animated flamingos and a penguin. The 3-D animals are stand-ins for actual seabirds sponsored by the artist through the Tour du Valat Research Institute for the Conservation of Mediterranean Wetlands and the Organization for the Conservation of Penguins, both of which support the preservation of environments and species. Flamingos and penguins—usually geographically distant species—here inhabit the same space, highlighting the increasing fusion of climate zones on our planet. A rotating signpost displaying the words "The Long and Short of It" as well as the actual tag numbers of the sponsored flamingos and the name of the penguin promise a summary that never quite arrives. Instead, the animated landscape alludes to the long and short in the perception of time frames: the roughly 4.6 billion years of the Earth’s existence, the 200,000 years that homo sapiens have inhabited the planet, and the short time we have to act on what we have learned from scientific climate forecasts.
Kristin Lucas is a media artist whose work explores the impact of technology on humanity, blurring the boundary between the technological and corporeal. Her augmented reality, video, installation, net art, and performance works have been presented internationally by museums and galleries, including the Whitney; the New Museum; the Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; FACT Liverpool; House of Electronic Arts, Basel; and Nam June Paik Art Center, Gyeonggi-do, Korea. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Andrea Frank Foundation Grant, Edith Russ Site for Media Art Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, and Rhizome commissions, among others. Lucas is an assistant professor in the department of art and art history at The University of Texas at Austin.
Sunrise/Sunset is a series of Internet art projects that mark sunset and sunrise in New York City every day. All are commissioned by the Whitney specifically for whitney.org, each project unfolding over a timeframe of ten to thirty seconds.
Using whitney.org as their habitat, Sunrise/Sunset projects disrupt, replace, or engage with the museum website as an information environment. This form of engagement captures the core of artistic practice on the Internet, the intervention in existing online spaces. The series is organized by Christiane Paul, adjunct curator of digital art at the Whitney Museum.
To see the current project, be anywhere on this website during sunset or sunrise.