Following the Cascades: final project
By Montana McLeod and

Started on: 06/08/14 00:11:54
Medium: Performance

Throughout the course I filmed many different marine organisms and the way that they survive under predation and harsh environmental conditions. By studying the behaviors and the mechanisms used for survival, I reflected their movements in my own performance. I attempted to perceive the world from that of many other living organisms, even those lacking efficient nervous systems. The challenge was incorporating the significance of each species to the sustainability of these marine ecosystems. Not all relationships are the same, many consist of predator-prey relationships, parasitic or even mutually accepted, symbiotic relationships. Nonetheless, each interspecies relationship is essential for the health of these communities. Potential fluctuations, such as with climate change, can drastically alter the habitats on a temporal and spatial level. This experience was enlightening as I became more educated on copious means of survival and was able to personal embody the organism's methodic functions.

Species filmed in the presentation:
(chronological order)
- humpback whale
- Gray whale
- sperm whale (dead)
- krill
- barnacle
- phytoplankton
- copepod
- California mussel
- bat sea star
- stingray
- sea lion
- seal
- nurse shark
- black tip reef shark
- spiny king crab
- common dolphin
- school of fish
- brown pelicans
- kelp bass
- giant kelp
- purple sea urchin
- California sea otter
- leafy sea horse
- abalone
- sea hare
- green algae
- red algae
- sea anemone
- coral w/ dinoflagellate symbiont
- clownfish
- west coast sea nettle
- lion's mane jelly
- nautilus
- olive ridley sea turtle

Performative piece for exhibit

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