[NetBehaviour] Turbulence Artists' Studio: "La Conchita mon amour" by Christina McPhee

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November 10, 2006
Turbulence Artists' Studio: "La Conchita mon amour" by Christina McPhee
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"La Conchita mon amour" is a multimedia site study of the aftermath of
debris flow in La Conchita--a beach town in southern California--on January
10, 2005. For eighteen months McPhee visited La Conchita at one month
intervals, shooting and drawing within the shattered spaces and vernacular
shrine building. La Conchita's setting of powerful natural cycles, from the
tides to the recurrence of debris flow in winter, found an algorithmic
analog through editing with seventies-era sequencers at the Experimental
Television Center, New York, in winter 2005; later McPhee remixed this
content in nonlinear digital editing. In summer 2006 she shot HD video; some
of this content is downsampled for the net. Kyong Mee Choi shared her
electronic voice composition, "TAO" (2005), for the video installation and
the net. "Special thanks to the people of La Conchita for allowing me to
explore their spontaneous structures built to defy indifference." (Christina


Christina McPhee traces new media landscapes at the peripheries of human
landscapes, where the psychic terrain of trauma meets environmental
instability and generative chaos. Her "La Conchita mon amour" video
installation is currently on view at Sara Tecchia Roma, New York.
"Carrizoprime," a new HD video, premiered at Cinemascope, SCOPE|Hamptons Art
Fair in July 2006. McPhee recently created the theatrical video installation
for Pamela Z's "Wunderkabinet," a multimedia opera based on stories from the
Museum of Jurassic Technology (Los Angeles) in debut at the LAB, San
Francisco (2005). Her digital prints won a James A. Phelan Award from the
San Francisco Foundation in 2003. McPhee's writings on media theory and
practice are published with Ctheory, Neural, drunkenboat, and for the
"empyre: soft-skinned space." She works with Terry Hargrave and his
architectural design studio at California Polytechnic State University.

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