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Tending Breadth

Conceptualization, Installation, Costumes | Jacklyn Brickman

Art direction, Videography, Editing | Dean Taylor

Tending Breadth is a collaborative film by Jacklyn Brickman and Dean Taylor.

What does it mean to have interspecies familial relationships that translate human behaviors to plants? And what if humans could harness the wisdom, science and magic of plants to propagate new planets? What types of exploration and worlds would open up?

Tending Breath is a collaborative film short that follows two suited figures as they move through an experimental space in the Biological Sciences Greenhouse at The Ohio State University. The breath and breadth of large mylar walnuts expand and contract as duties are performed by their attendees, which entangle science fiction and motions of caring to question what cultivating a planet from a single black walnut might look like; a juncture in the progression of a young celestial body; a speculative future that ponders the evolution from plant to planet.

Special thanks to OSU Biological Sciences Greenhouse | David Snodgrass and Emily Yoders-Horn

  • Jacklyn Brickman
  • Dean Taylor
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  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Speculative Fiction, Art
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Jacklyn Brickman, Dean Taylor

Jacklyn Brickman is a visual artist and educator whose work entangles science fact with fiction to address social and environmental concerns by employing natural entities, processes, and technology. Her work spans installation, video, and performance, with a special interest in cross-disciplinary collaboration and social engagement. Fellowships include The National Academy of Sciences, Chaire arts et sciences, Jentel Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Erb Family Foundation. She has exhibited her work in the US, Canada, France, India, and Slovenia. Brickman resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the ancestral and contemporary territory of the Council of the Three Fires – the Ojibwe, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Indigenous nations of the Great Lakes region are also known as the Anishinaabe. She is an Assistant Professor of Kinetic Imaging at Western Michigan University.

Dean Taylor is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works primarily in photography, filmmaking, and sound. Inspired by natural patterns and phenomena, she explores palpable and corporeal materials through the phantasm with experimental sound and lens-based media. A self-taught drummer, beat and rhythm influences the flow of her multimodal work. She often works collaboratively with institutions, artists, and musicians to produce multimedia events. Taylor is the Founder and Editor of Hiss Magazine, which ran three issues and provided a space for femme, non-binary, and LGBTQIA artists to share their work and engage in contemporary art and culture. She is the recipient of a Greater Columbus Arts Council Media Arts Fellowship (2015) and a Cart Pushers Studio Residency (2019). Her films have screened in the United States and India. Taylor is a news videographer and editor in Columbus, Ohio.

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