Presentations of audio and video from fireproof camera boxes allow viewers to have a proxy experience of wild-land fire as it rapidly changes a landscape. These mobile exhibits have allowed residents in fire-prone areas to safely confront the possibilities of fire, prompting conversations and an interest in learning more. Burn Cycle Project began producing immersive video exhibits in 2015 with “Entering Wildfire”, created for SERI Fire and UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Installation by Ethan Turpin, Jonathan PJ Smith, and Justin Harmon, with footage recorded by Ian Grob of the US Forest Service.
Burn Cycle: Sharing Land with Wildfire
“Burn Cycle: Sharing Land with Wildfire”, observed 50 years of Santa Barbara fires through their physical remnants, press documents, and data visualizations. The exhibit was produced and curated by Ethan Turpin for the UCSB Library in 2014 with participation from researchers, reporters, and community members. SERI Fire was a cosponsor and facilitator of collaborations.