AfterMath


    AfterMath 05/2019 Fort Mason MFA Exhibition

    Screengrab showing the data-driven "Starving Bee Drone"
    Screengrab showing the data-driven "Starving Bee Drone"
    AfterMath staged at the 2019 Audio Garden show at The Laundry Gallery in San Francisco
    AfterMath staged at the 2019 Audio Garden show at The Laundry Gallery in San Francisco
    AfterMath staged at the 2019 Audio Garden show at The Laundry Gallery in San Francisco
    AfterMath staged at the 2019 Audio Garden show at The Laundry Gallery in San Francisco

    The foundation of Giuliana Funkhouser’s MFA research project AfterMath is a Max patch interpreting varying viewpoints of events unfolding around Puerto Rico's "storm of the century" through a 4-channel spatialized sound art installation. Randomized elements within this computer program are based on numerical datasets detailing information about Puerto Rico such as exit-traffic and mortality estimates following the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Synthesized drones modulated by sonically interpreted data harmonize with and interrupt field recordings from daily life on the island – including the song of the endemic frog coqí and conversations during a blackout at a restaurant. AfterMath is an ode to those who have moved on or survived to tell the tale after living through catastrophic events exacerbated by negligent disaster response.