Morfisk

Morfisk by Rose Leahy & Amanda Olesen

Morfisk by Rose Leahy & Amanda Olesen

Morfisk (Danish for “morphic” and “mother fish”) is a multi-screen moving image installation exploring and visually telling a story of metamorphosis. The installation is made up with various elements grouped in triples – three videos projected onto separate pools of water, their projections relating to the three stages of metamorphosis; egg, nymph and adult, as well as referencing three perspectives on the transition: in vitro, in vivo and in silico. The videos were reflected from the liquid onto walls and ceiling, visualising the fluid dynamics and merging between the different states and forms of metamorphosis. Over time the three videos melt together, complemented by the sound of the 30 different spellings of mackerel being read out loud, at first staccato before morphing into unrecognisable, organic sounds. Contrasting the visual liquidity, the audio suggests language as both the tool as well as the restriction of understanding complex systems.

Throughout the project we sketched and experimented with variations of “soft screens”, projecting on jelly eggs and milk, before finding the effect we were after by projecting through the transparency of the water onto the reflecting silver plates. To make the three separate videos, we masked three round circles in After Effects and made the circles fit the pools by using a floor projector.