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Siphonophora

Siphonophora

Jenn E. Norton
October 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Opening First Friday, October 4  |  6:00 – 9:00 PM
Members Reception 7:00 PM | RSVP Required


Siphonophora is an immersive installation responding to the Anthropocene. Moving as though
part of a single collective body, the installation is reminiscent of a colonial bioluminescent
marine animal known individually as zooids, and as siphonophore or pyrosomes when joined.
The material choice of sculpted plastic and refuse reference another phenomena found in the
ocean: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Both are culminations of small bodies that when bound
together create an imposing mass. The installation morphs between man-made and organic
forms before revealing itself as a looming self-portrait of habitual consumption.

Pyrosomes and siphonophore react with bioluminescence when agitated. Visitors can interact
with and observe this by facing towards the centre of the installation and making loud sound.

Jenn E Norton uses time-based media to create immersive, experiential installations that
reframe familiar objects, landscapes, and activities as fantastical, dreamlike occurrences. Her
installation work explores the blurring boundaries of virtual and physical realms. Norton resides
in Guelph and is currently pursuing a PhD at York University.

Still image by Yuula Benivolski

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