Nicole Rayburn, consume repeat #3, 0:13 loop, 2016
This series of short videos explores the notion of repetition through the isolation of specific gestures. The series focuses on animal interactions with their environments, specifically involving activities surrounding consumption.
The visual effects applied to all three videos position them in the realm of a futuristic hyper-reality while simultaneously resonating with the popular culture of low-fi imagery of youtube animal videos and gifs. Using humour and beauty, the videos explore the complex relations between species and the need for survival.
In consume repeat #3, the subtle violence of the exchange between the Pelican and the Pigeon is contrasted with the humorous and persistent method of the Pelican trying to swallow a large, moving entity. Organic gestures are mechanized into a loop, and the movements speak to habit, compulsion, obsession, and absurdity.
Found Footage: Pelican Eats Pigeon
Audio samples by Freed, Kangaroovindaloo, & Reitanna (freesound.org)
Nicole Rayburn 2016
Nicole Rayburn, Itsey’s Tasmanian Tiger Suit, 1:58, 2008
Itsey’s Tasmanian Tiger Suit depicts a dog in a custom-made, real fur suit. The video is a mock-nature video responding to recent attempts to revive extinct species while simultaneously documenting the reaction of an animal subject to human activities.
Itsey’s Tasmanian Tiger Suit began as a response to a news article regarding new technological developments in which scientists were using DNA samples from Tasmanian Tiger specimens in an attempt to revive the extinct species – a real life Jurassic Park experiment. This event prompted me to revive the tiger myself and insert the beast into the modern ‘natural’ urban environment. The making of a fur suit for my dog out of recycled fur coats, inserting her into the environment, and making a nature documentary, emphasize the absurdity and simultaneously the inextricably entangled system of relations between scientific developments, humans, nature, and animals.
The video also captures the response of my dog to her suit. When placed in the suit Itsey would simply stand there, immobile, and then eventually walk towards me for me to take it off. The video is a document of the animal’s response to a human-controlled circumstance and reflects the troublesome and often hierarchical nature of co-existence and the impacts that these relationships have upon all entities involved.
2010 Just Act Natural. Studio22, Kingston, ON, Exhibition in conjunction with Animals and Animality Across the Humanities and Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at Queen’s University, Curated by Lisa Visser (group)
Nicole Rayburn 2015