Christina McPhee
 
SilkyVRML422



Christina McPhee: Combining performance and documentary, Christina¹s experimental films meditate on the hidden and invisible forces of seismicity, and the shock of unpredictable trauma. Her topologic site studies combine the poetics of memory with flashes of documentary and performance. Her work lives at the strange crossroads of scientific visualization and imaginative narrative in new media.

Christina McPhee's video installations have been shown in solo exhibition this year in Scandinavia, at the Cartes Centre for Art
and Technology, Espoo (Helsinki), Finland, and Bildmuseet, Umea,
Sweden. SilkyVRML422 premiered, at the Pacific Film Archive,
University of California, Berkeley, for the centennial of the San
Francisco earthquake, in April 2006. Her new work in video
installation and digital large format photography, "La Conchita mon amour" opens at Sara Tecchia Roma New York in October 2006. She
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 in 2005. Her digital prints won a James A Phelan
Award from the San Francisco Foundation in 2003. Her media art is
found in festival venues and museums internationally since 2000,
including FILE Sao Paulo, prog:me Rio de Janeiro, Cybersonica at
the ICA London Digital Arts and Culture Melbourne, and the Royal
Academy Copenhagen. Cornell University Electronic Media Archives,
the Pandora Archive at the National Library of Australia, the
Whitney Museum of American Art Artport, and the New Museum of
Contemporary Art / Rhizome Artbase. Her paintings and drawings are
found in American museums including the Kemper Museum of
Contemporary Art. She is a moderator for empyre-soft-skinned
space, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Christina's videos are presented courtesy the artist and Sara
Tecchia Roma New York <http://www.saratecchia.com/>

The artist's websites are:
http://strikeslip.tv
http://christinamcphee.net
http://naxsmash.net

About SilkyVRML422

The at-depth sound recordings of the first 4 minutes 22 seconds of a
recent California earthquake at Parkfield (2004). Quake sounds
replace speech. "Silky" denotes a second skin as if one's body becomes the quake. Animations from VRML clips of geomorphologic
changes during the quake. VRML courtesy of Dr. Ramon Arrowsmith,
Arizona State University. Audio files are mixed from the vertical
component of velocity as observed at a depth of 3465 feet, using a 15 kHz geophone. They interpret the first 4. 22 of the September 28, 2004 M 6.0 Parkfield Earthquake observed inside Earthscope's SAFOD (San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth), at Parkfield, California. Courtesy of the U. S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California. Videography
courtesy Terry Hargrave. Performance, video and audio edit
© Christina McPhee 2005