The term Intertidal refers to the coastal zone that lies above water at low tide and below water at high tide. It is the liminal contemporary condition that is characteristic of coastal cities around the globe. The video presents a voice from a future already subsumed by the tides, trying to transmit a message through to our present. ‘How do we let them know we are drowning?’ we are asked, via an overload of sound and image flashing through multiple futures, all in urgent need of care and attention.
The work is about communication and time. It begins with a diagram from American mathematician Claude Shannon (father of information theory) that sets out the basic elements of communication. It breaks down the idea of communication into its most basic parts, what is needed, how it happens. He includes noise as an essential part of of any communion system.
We realized one is always communicating with the future, anything you do in the present is a potential communication with the future however there is an urgency now for the future to communicate with us, in the now. There is a need to know the demands of climate change and how best to mitigate them, so the question of how to communicate with the past becomes essential. We wanted to run Shannon’s communication system in reverse as a way to think about communicating with the past.
The video suggest that this communication might be possible via noise, that there might be information in noise about the future that we can access in the now. The example of Atlantis is given; that it is not a story from our past but a memory of our future. this is given as an example where we interpreted information coming through the noise incorrectly, the real story is not a myth about an ancient submerged city but a memory of our collective future the includes submerged cities around the globe.
A.S.T. (Alliance of the Southern Triangle) is a collaborative initiative exploring how artistic and cultural possibilities can be reimagined in the context of the climate crisis. Members include Diann Bauer, Patricia Margarita Hernandez, Felice Grodin and Elite Kedan. Paired with creative rethinking of what concepts like ‘city’ or ‘nature’ can be, A.S.T. uses the expansive space of the contemporary art field to function as a platform upon which to conceive of possible futures. The speculative imaginary is both a term and strategy at the core of A.S.T.’s practice. Imagining the future of a coastal city is our starting point, as we pivot through various positions (from the future, from the atmosphere, from other species) during the course of a project.
We recently completed a 2021 research fellowship for AIRIE in the Everglades National Park. In recent years we have produced work for Edith Russ Haus, Oldenburg, Germany; The Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE; Oolite Arts, Miami; IMT Gallery, London; HistoryMiami Museum, Miami; The Schmidt Center Gallery, FAU, Boca Raton FL; Multimedia Cultural Centre, Split; as well as digital commissions for Strelka Magazine, and Openspace platform of San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art; in addition to drawing and design commissions for Art Papers and The Miami Rail.