AMELIE BRINDAMOUR // Montreal, Quebec, Canada

For my piece I was inspired by the courtships of cypridinid ostracod, a tiny bioluminescent sea creature. Males of the species employ different patterns of blue light pulses to attract females, first in a stationary phase, and then they spiral vertically up and down with more rapid pulses. Other males from the same species synchronize in similar rhythm, producing a show of luminous blue dots in the depth of the ocean attuned to one another. I found this image mirroring the way one’s artwork – sculpture, photography, community projects, public performances, etc. – can act as a signal to other viewers, artist or not, and prompt a response in the form of a creative action. This is a reminder that we are all signals to one another.

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