Entering Wildfire

Entering wildfire: 15 scroll screens with 3 projectors showing wildfire footage
Photo by Ethan Turpin

Ethan Turpin and I like to film or use films of inaccessible places and project the results on screens that immerse viewers in the experience. Entering Wildfire was just such a piece. The fire imagery we used was made by U.S. Forest Service researcher and filmmaker, Ian Grob. It showed fire engulfing forested regions of Mississippi and was originally made as B roll for a movie about emergency fire shelters.

Entering Wildfire was an installation for a benefit event at Bren School, UCSB. The organizers found a tall, empty room in an adjacent building for us to use.  With logistical and intellectual help from architect, Justin Harmon, we spent a couple of days filling it with a large half circle of 15 tall scroll screens; 7 hanging in front and 8 in the back. These were then broken down into 3 sets of 5 screens on which we projected the fire imagery.

Building Entering Wildfire
Photo by Ethan Turpin
projected smoke on the scroll screens
Photo by Ethan Turpin
A person standing in the installation.
Photo by Ethan Turpin
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