Science Non-fiction

The new millennium has ushered in a period of rapid discovery and advancement in the brain sciences, enhancing our understanding of a range of processes. Addiction, depression, anger, emotional intelligence, decision-making, brain-machine interfaces, etc., are all now studied with a more precise understanding of what’s taking place in the brain. This has coincided, somewhat ironically, with the explosive growth of artificial intelligence as well as astonishing changes in our habits of communication through the expansion of the internet and the widespread adoption of smartphones and personal computers.

Science Non-Fiction, a recent series of films, sits at the intersection of science and experimental documentary. In my work in photography and video, I’m most interested in exploring forms of documentary production that tap into raw, unfettered human emotion and behavior. As we better understand how our brains and emotions operate, the vulnerabilities in this rapidly evolving environment increase, and we’re entering the dark place that numerous 20th century writers, theorists and scientists anticipated and feared.

Across the globe, in an interconnected world, we’re being manipulated and ultimately rewired. Our agency is being diminished. At times, our very perception of reality is being altered. Since these changes are so subtle, and so interior, I’ve been wondering exactly how they can be quantified and better understood, and how they can be made visual within the context of cinematic expression. In this ongoing, loosely connected series of films, I’ve been seeking answers, particularly as to what evidence may be hiding in plain sight in the new media world of machine intelligence and human vulnerability that has arrived.

Nix  | 2018 | HD color | 23:30   The dystopian present and our uncertain future are contemplated through the prism of big data, psychometrics, micro-targeted surveillance, advanced techniques of persuasion and the 2016 Presidential election.    More about      Nix

Nix | 2018 | HD color | 23:30

The dystopian present and our uncertain future are contemplated through the prism of big data, psychometrics, micro-targeted surveillance, advanced techniques of persuasion and the 2016 Presidential election. More about Nix

Apparatus Synapse  | 2016 | HD color | 16:00   Through the vehicle of human subject neuroscience experiments, Apparatus Synapse uses the proximity of the camera to convey the rhythms and patterns of thought and reaction, mirroring the synapses and neural pathways of the brain and reflecting the quickly shifting nature of the act of thinking.    More about Apparatus Synapse

Apparatus Synapse | 2016 | HD color | 16:00

Through the vehicle of human subject neuroscience experiments, Apparatus Synapse uses the proximity of the camera to convey the rhythms and patterns of thought and reaction, mirroring the synapses and neural pathways of the brain and reflecting the quickly shifting nature of the act of thinking. More about Apparatus Synapse

Oneiric  | 2014 | HD color | 19:00   Where are we directing our attention, what are the perils of distraction, and what becomes of social interaction in an increasingly digital world?    More about Oneiric

Oneiric | 2014 | HD color | 19:00

Where are we directing our attention, what are the perils of distraction, and what becomes of social interaction in an increasingly digital world? More about Oneiric

Bicycle Day  | 2016 | HD color & b&w | 16:30   In dreamlike fashion, Bicycle Day explores the clinical use of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), with images drawn from news reports, films of recreational use and footage of controlled experimental studies.    More about Bicycle Day

Bicycle Day | 2016 | HD color & b&w | 16:30

In dreamlike fashion, Bicycle Day explores the clinical use of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), with images drawn from news reports, films of recreational use and footage of controlled experimental studies. More about Bicycle Day

Toxic Detroit  | 2011 | HD color | 10:00   The film visualizes some of the daunting problems facing Detroit as it strives to revive itself from a toxic legacy of unbridled industrial production.    More about Toxic Detroit

Toxic Detroit | 2011 | HD color | 10:00

The film visualizes some of the daunting problems facing Detroit as it strives to revive itself from a toxic legacy of unbridled industrial production. More about Toxic Detroit