Simulations is a set of video explorations and installations using common everyday objects as sound materials to mimic frog calls. They are records of my attempts at making sound inducing actions that are then edited and layered, aiming to resemble a chorus of frog calls. Undoubtedly, simulations are never the real thing; the end result is far from sounding as if a vernal pond is near. Instead Simulations calls into question the irony of mimicking beings known as environmental indicators by using man-made materials whose industry aids in the demise of our wetland ecosystems. This translates to the broader theme of our endless quest to respect and care for nature while simultaneously augmenting the problem.
This project began after I became a volunteer Frog and Toad Surveyor for the Friends of the Rouge River (2009). In order to survey frogs, one must memorize all frog calls that may be encountered in a specified area. Many of the frog calls had sound descriptors using human action with man-made objects, such as running a finger down a fine tooth comb or dragging a finger along a balloon. This aspect of the information not only helped me memorize calls, but began a new way of exploration of art in ecology.