Unfixed Consciousness Positive Unconsciousness

Dawn M Gaietto

These images are manifestations of the collective agency between the mechanical, technological, and atmospheric elements as well as my own as composer and interpreter. This was done by building an imaging device that triggers the shutter through changes in the temperature and humidity as detected by an SHT11x sensor that queried the environment once a minute. This device was deployed in several archetypical ecosystems throughout Alachua county for an eighteen-hour period, one day in each location. The measurements of temperature and humidity were selected as parameters for this project due to their relevance to the shifting climate in North-Central Florida. As wetlands have been drained for development and agricultural uses, humidity is destabilized and lowered. This lowering of humidity allows for a greater fluctuation in temperature, therefore a shifting frost line, which then pushes agriculture, such as citrus farms, farther south.

Artist biography

Dawn M Gaietto is a lens-based practitioner working and living in London. Her doctoral research, entitled What is happening here? [exploits of the non-human] was completed at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Her research is centred on examining small components of non-human agency, allowing for momentary lapses in preconceived notions, and exploring the impacts of non-humans acting upon and influencing humans. Recently she has been in residence at LABVERDE in Manaus, Brazil; and recent publications include Trace: Journal for Human-Animal Studies, Espacio Fronterizo, and Time to Waste.