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Deep Green: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Protect a uniquely biodiverse wilderness threatened by climate change by helping complete a 24-hour-long landscape film.

Deep Green: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Protect a uniquely biodiverse wilderness threatened by climate change by helping complete a 24-hour-long landscape film.

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About

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, as I was turning 50, I took a step back from my day-to-day life as a visual artist to think about what’s most important, and what I should focus on for the next chapter of my life. The answer was clear: climate change, because it threatens the wellbeing of just about every living being on the planet. 

Still from Deep Green: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

I’m an optimist, and I do believe that we can and will stop climate change and create a more just and equitable world  in the process, but I am also convinced that things are going to get worse before they get better. 

The 2018 Klamathon Fire burns in Siskiyou County

Art has a unique power to reach people when facts and arguments can’t. Deep Green: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is a 24-hour-long, single-take landscape film with immersive sound that captures the beauty and fragility of a wilderness that is threatened by climate change. The Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon will exhibit the film and preserve it in their permanent collection for future generations.

In mid-July, after days of scouting remote backcountry locations, I found a remarkable boulder-studded meadow high on a ridge overlooking layers of old growth forest, with the Monument's most unusual geological feature, Pilot Rock, far in the background. I shot the film there with a crew of five on July 20, under a bright gibbous moon, recording in ultra-high-definition ProRes Raw HQ from midnight to midnight. The final step is post-production, which includes sound, color-correction and transcoding.

Art can change how we see the world. Join me as I complete this film in time for its premiere at the Schneider Museum of Art this summer. 

Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is one of the most beautiful and biodiverse wildlands in North America, but it is threatened by climate change. Last summer, an enormous wildfire roared up from Northern California, burned the southernmost part of this wilderness and then, miraculously, stopped when the wind shifted, sparing most of the Monument. Next summer, we may not be so lucky. And when it eventually burns, it will never be the same, because rising temperatures and drier weather mean that different species will thrive as it regrows. 

The Cascade-Siskiyou is the only national monument created for the purpose of protecting biodiversity

Recording a 24-hour cycle in the life of this remarkable and precious place will both raise awareness of what we have to lose if climate change continues unabated, and preserve an endangered landscape experience so that one day our great-great grandchildren might be able to see and hear what this incredible wild land was like in the early 21st century, when the natural world was on the brink of an unprecedented transformation.

If we reach our goal here, we’ll be able to finish this project and ensure its safekeeping in the museum's collection. And if we exceed our goal, we'll be able get started on the next film in this ongoing effort to raise awareness of how climate change threatens our natural environment. 

On the trail: location scouting in the Cascade-Siskiyou

ABOUT MARK TRIBE

Mark is an artist whose films, photographs and paintings explore the relationship between landscape and technology. His work has been exhibited at  the Centre Pompidou and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, Diverse Works and the Menil Collection in Houston, the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MUAC in Mexico City, Museo de Antioquia in Medellín, the National Center for Contemporary Arts in Moscow, the New Museum and the Queens Museum in New York,  SITE Santa Fe, and numerous other museums and galleries.

He is the author of two books, The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of New Left Protest Speeches (Charta, 2010) and New Media Art (Taschen, 2006), and his work has been reviewed or discussed in Artforum, Art in America, Artnews, the Daily Beast, Die Welt, El Pais, Flash Art, Frieze, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Hyperallergic, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the New York Times, and many other publications.

In 1996, he founded Rhizome, a nonprofit organization that supports the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology.

Your support will help cover the following costs:

  •  Production crew, including Cinematographer and Audio Recordist Kent Romney, Assistant Camera Brian Jackson, Second Assistant Camera Tripp White, and Production Assistants Keegan Van Hook and Louis Bengson.
  •  Post-production, including the audio mix, color correction and transcoding.
  •  Secure storage, including one year of cloud-based data archiving and purchase of an additional hard drive array (RAID).

REWARDS 

$33 - Forrrest Sounds, 33-minute audio recording made on location in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument at dawn.
$55 - Spring Pond, open-edition photograph, inkjet on paper, 13x19" (33x48cm)
$111 - Evening Stars, limited-edition photograph, inkjet on paper, 17x22" (43x56cm)
$111 - Moonlit Clouds, limited-edition photograph, inkjet on paper, 17x22" (43x56cm)
$111 - Morning Fog, limited-edition photograph (inkjet on paper), 17x22" (43x56cm)
$111 - Evening Twilight, limited-edition photograph, inkjet on paper, 17x22" (43x56cm)
$333 - set of four limited-edition photographs, inkjet on paper, 17x22" (43x56cm)
$1,111 - Forest Walk, guided landscape experience at one of my favorite upstate sites plus... one of the four limited-edition photographs above
$5,555 - Salsify, acrylic and ink on canvas, 16x26” (40x66cm). Painting will be based on this photo
$9,999 -Shasta, acrylic and ink on canvas, 22x40” (56x102cm). Painting will be based on this photo

WHY KICKSTARTER?

If climate change is an existential threat, then climate justice is the solution! Climate justice recognizes that those most responsible for climate change — oil companies, those who own them, and the politicians who take their money — should shoulder their share of the burden, and that it will take a massive grassroots movement to hold them accountable. I am turning to Kickstarter to engage a broad community in this project, so that you can join me in raising awareness of the connection between climate change and wild places we cherish, and amplify the message that the land is changing, and it’s up to us to save it.

Risks and challenges

Shooting a 24-hour-long, single-take film in a remote wilderness is hard. Technically, we had to figure out how to store 12 terabytes of data (we shot in 4K UHD ProRes RAW HQ at 24 fps) and how to power a camera, two data recorders, an audio recorder and a laptop for 30+ hours (no generators allowed in the wilderness). It was also a minor feat of endurance, because the camera requires constant monitoring and frequent adjustments to maintain correct exposure as light conditions change. I had financial help from the Schneider Museum, and logistical support from the Bureau of Land Management and the Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Sourdough Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Oregon helped us pack our camera gear in and out of the mountains.

We shot the film in July, so the main challenge now is post-production, which includes audio mixing, color correction, and secure data storage and backups. This phase is both time-consuming and expensive, given the film’s extreme duration and the sheer size of the files, but this is my second 24-hour-long film, so I’ve worked out the process and am confident that I’ll be able to see it through to completion.

To protect against data loss, I’ve made multiple backup copies of the video and audio files, and am storing them in different physical locations.

If I encounter delays in finishing postproduction or making the rewards, I’ll reach out to each supporter personally.

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    A 33-minute audio recording, made on location in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument at dawn. We'll send you a link to Bandcamp, where you can download an audio file to your phone and listen to the relaxing sounds of songbirds and wind in the trees.

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    Open-edition photograph, 13x19"

    "Spring Pond, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, July 20, 2019," photograph, inkjet on paper, 13x19" (33x48cm), open edition, signed on back.

    Shot on location by Mark Tribe, this photograph captures late-afternoon light on a spring-fed pond, with Mount Ashland in the background.

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    Four limited-edition photographs, 17x22

    All four photographs shot on location by Mark Tribe, each depicting a moment recorded in the film at a different time of day or night. Note that these are photographs shot on a still camera, not film stills (scroll down for images).

    "Evening Stars, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, July 20, 2019," inkjet on paper, 17x22” (43x56cm), each from an edition of 22, signed and numbered on back

    "Moonlit Clouds, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, July 20, 2019," inkjet on paper, 17x22” (43x56cm), each from an edition of 22, signed and numbered on back

    "Morning Fog, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, July 20, 2019," inkjet on paper, 17x22” (43x56cm), each from an edition of 22, signed and numbered on back

    "Evening Twilight, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, July 20, 2019," inkjet on paper, 17x22” (43x56cm), each from an edition of 22, signed and numbered on back

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    Forest Walk: guided landscape experience

    Have a guided landscape experience in Upstate New York with Mark Tribe. Drive with the artist from NYC this spring to visit one of his favorite upstate spots. Also receive one limited-edition photograph on paper, 17x22” (43x56cm), signed and numbered on back.

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    Painting, acrylic & ink on canvas, 16x26

    "Salsify, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, July 20, 2019," acrylic and ink on canvas, 16x26” (40x66cm), signed on back, unique.

    For the past few years, I've been making realistic landscape paintings based on photographs I shoot while scouting locations for this project. The images below are the photographs on which the paintings will be based. You can see examples of similar paintings at https://www.marktribe.net/curatorial/landscape-paintings

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    Painting, acrylic & ink on canvas, 22x40

    "Shasta, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, July 7, 2019" acrylic and ink on canvas, 22x40” (56x102cm), signed & dated on back, unique.

    For the past few years, I've been making realistic landscape paintings based on photographs I shoot while scouting locations for this project. The images below are the photographs on which the paintings will be based. You can see examples of similar paintings at https://www.marktribe.net/curatorial/landscape-paintings

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    Limited-edition photograph, 17x22"

    Shot on location by Mark Tribe, each photograph depicts a moment recorded in the film at a different time of day or night. Note that these are photographs shot on a still camera, not film stills. Please choose one of the four photographs listed below (scroll down for images).

    "Evening Stars, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, July 20, 2019," inkjet on paper, 17x22” (43x56cm), each from an edition of 22, signed and numbered on back

    "Moonlit Clouds, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, July 20, 2019," inkjet on paper, 17x22” (43x56cm), each from an edition of 22, signed and numbered on back

    "Morning Fog, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, July 20, 2019," inkjet on paper, 17x22” (43x56cm), each from an edition of 22, signed and numbered on back

    "Evening Twilight, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, July 20, 2019," inkjet on paper, 17x22” (43x56cm), each from an edition of 22, signed and numbered on back

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