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Hidden Ecologies is a field experiment of architect Cris Benton, microbiologist Wayne Lanier, and independent curator Marina McDougall. Fusing views assembled through aerial kite photography with onsite micro-cinematography, Hidden Ecologies maps three transitional salt-marsh geographies of the San Francisco Bay.
Equipped with a mobile field laboratory of notebooks, field microscopes, GPS devices,
and an array of cameras, the team works
in the field to record aspects of the local
environment that lie beyond usual perception,
such as historical landscape features, the
invisible composition of micro-communities, or forgotten cultural histories. Field research is
joined with archival materials and cultural commentary on a website designed as a living organism, inviting annotations from within as well as outside the team.


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