used the footage because “it contains the only clues to the behavior and movements of a living thylacine, I “recovered” the animal from the film by feeding film stills into a digital imaging process. This resulted in the stills being transformed into three-dimensional models of a thylacine. The models reflect the quality of the aging film. In some, the thylacine is very distinct, in others it fuses with its cage, shadow, or other elements and imperfections recorded permanently in the film. Interspersed among the resin film stills are a series of cast crystal Tasmanian tiger skulls. Crystal (like amber) is a material that is believed to be able to bring back life.”
Similar to Living
Fossil: Latimeria chalumnae (2001) for which Berwick made a copal (a premature form of amber) cast of another cryptid, the coelacanth, a 700-million-year-old prehistoric fish considered extinct but found off the coast of East Africa in 1938, Hovering
Close to Zero, made from crystal, employs modern technology and materials historically associated with transformative powers and the wonder of curio cabinets. The coelacanth and thylacine provide many clues to evolutionary theory and highlight Berwick’s
concern with loss and recollection.