Dinos Are Not Dead

Narrative | 2 mins | Dec 2018

I couldn’t get myself to kill the pigeon. The building manager said I had to kill the pigeon. She glared at me as I cracked her egg and swept away her nest that had appeared overnight on my balcony. The breakfast I had planned to eat on said balcony was cold, it was now lunchtime, and I didn’t feel like eggs anymore. The couple returned over the next couple weeks, peeking in through the frame of my sliding doors, as though I kept their egg, though she witnessed the abortion. Do they seek revenge?

It sounded like a dinosaur,

I reminded Katherine that a small group of sound designers working for Steven Spielberg decided what dinosaurs sound like. [1]Rachel Funnell, “Exclusive: How Were The Dinosaur Noises in Jurassic Park Made, And Were They Accurate?” I fucking love science, 6 October 2020, … Continue reading

Some say the age of the dinosaurs is over, but all birds are descendants of dinosaurs and they want to get into my apartment. [2]University of California Museum of Paleontology, “Are Birds Really Dinosaurs?” Dinobuzz: current topics considering Dinosaurs, University of California, Berkeley, … Continue reading [3]Lowell Dingus and Timothy Rowe, Chapter 12: The Evolutionary Map for Dinosaurs, The Mistaken Extinction, New York, W. H. Freeman, 2018, … Continue reading With a population of 400 million, pigeons in particular live in most cities worldwide. [4] Emma Bryce, “Why Are There So Many Pigeons?” Live Science, October 27, 2018, https://www.livescience.com/63923-why-cities-have-so-many-pigeons.html, accessed on April 19, 2021. The Surplus Value of Images by W. J. T. Mitchell uses the example of the dinosaur to talk about how our collective images evolve, but why stop at the image? [5]W. J. T. Mitchell, “The Surplus Value of Images”, Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, September 2002, Vol. 35, No. 3 (September 2002), pp. 1–23, … Continue reading I don’t think Spielberg realized the profound effect he would have on our collective fantasy of Jeff Golblum or the dinosaur. We were told to make something simple, a sketch if you will, in response to “The Surplus Value of Images”. As usual, I prefer visual density that is brief to watch, but not to make.
I mix text, animation, moving and still images that juxtaposed the themes of  sound vs image, dinosaur vs pigeon. My manipulations hide in plain sight to create a visual riddle. The digital mask created from filming the two phobic liquids of oil and balsamic vinegar refers back to the psychedelic era of the 70s through the iconic work of the collective Joshua Light Show, best known for the live moving images during the shows of the likes of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. [6]Gregory Zinman “The Joshua Light Show: Concrete Practices and Ephemeral Effects”, American Art, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Summer 2008), pp. 17–21, … Continue reading The shape of the liquid in movement is visible as the viewer is at liberty  to make connections or not according to their personal myths and relationships to the extinct beasts that are not lizards and flying urban residents. [7]Dr. Biology. “If birds evolved from dinosaurs, would that make them reptiles too?” ASU—Ask A Biologist. 12 May 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/questions/birds-dinosaurs-reptiles, … Continue reading

References

References
1 Rachel Funnell, “Exclusive: How Were The Dinosaur Noises in Jurassic Park Made, And Were They Accurate?” I fucking love science, 6 October 2020, https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/exclusive-how-were-the-dinosaur-noises-in-jurassic-park-made-and-were-they-accurate/, accessed on November 26th.
2 University of California Museum of Paleontology, “Are Birds Really Dinosaurs?” Dinobuzz: current topics considering Dinosaurs, University of California, Berkeley, https://ucmp.berkeley.edu/diapsids/avians.html, accessed on March 9, 2021
3 Lowell Dingus and Timothy Rowe, Chapter 12: The Evolutionary Map for Dinosaurs, The Mistaken Extinction, New York, W. H. Freeman, 2018, http://www.geo.utexas.edu/courses/302d/Mistaken%20Extinction/Chapter%2012.pdf, accessed on March 9, 2021
4 Emma Bryce, “Why Are There So Many Pigeons?” Live Science, October 27, 2018, https://www.livescience.com/63923-why-cities-have-so-many-pigeons.html, accessed on April 19, 2021.
5 W. J. T. Mitchell, “The Surplus Value of Images”, Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, September 2002, Vol. 35, No. 3 (September 2002), pp. 1–23, http://www.jstor.com/stable/44029949, accessed on December 3, 2020.
6 Gregory Zinman “The Joshua Light Show: Concrete Practices and Ephemeral Effects”, American Art, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Summer 2008), pp. 17–21, https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/591166, accessed on November 26, 2020
7 Dr. Biology. “If birds evolved from dinosaurs, would that make them reptiles too?” ASU—Ask A Biologist. 12 May 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/questions/birds-dinosaurs-reptiles, accessed on May 5, 2021