Photosynthesister Projects

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The movement of a starling flock is called a murmuration. It is a cascading formation of emergent, adaptive and synchronized behavior. As one bird shifts its flight path, so does its neighbor. The result is an aerial spectacle, ever-fluctuating in correlation. Without a leader, they work together attending to the subtlest of cues. What can happen if humans engage this way? Can we learn to adjust our movements in a murmuration like an improvised dance across a vast scape?




Starling.gif, 2015
Karla Stingerstein (American, 1974 - )
640 × 360 pixels, image/gif, looped, 176 frames, 7.0 s


Photosynthesister Projects is an entity of Karla Stingerstein, an adjunct art professor and artist living in Philadelphia, PA. Working across a range of media, Karla integrates research and art-making to explore how we maintain and safeguard our world and the things in it. Currently, she is researching links between cooperative animal behavior and safekeeping activities. Before that she collected and transformed domestic detritus found on the streets of Brooklyn to investigate refuse, care, place and home. Karla holds an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, New York, the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts, ED. Varie, New York and the Banana Factory, Pennsylvania. She has also participated in the GO! Brooklyn Museum Open Studio Project. Karla has received grants from the University of Massachusetts Arts Council and the University of Massachusetts Art and Art History Department. Karla is formerly the Director of Development at the Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, New Jersey and the Gallery Director for the Student Union Art Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. She currently teaches at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, Kean University in Union, New Jersey and Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey.



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Altamira Cave and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain (UNESCO) - Cantabria, Cantabria, Spain

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