Pillar of Cloud 2 is part of a collection of five artworks launched by Brit Bunkley as part of the Ghost Zone collection. The collection marks Bunkley becoming part of Sedition's Curated platform.
"Oil, ghost towns and dust devils are aligned as tropes of climate change. Tornado-like dust devils, as canaries in the coal mine, are increasingly common in hot, barren deserts and in drought-stricken areas of the world.
I spent three days chasing dust devils in the California desert. I had planned a quixotic experiment of running into them while throwing flower petals into their vortexes. I failed to find a suitable dust devil after 3 days of searching. I saw many but they were always moving out of reach.
When shooting a video of an abandoned school just before returning to LA, a well-formed dust devil suddenly emerged 10 meters to my right. I turned my camera on a tripod towards it. I then snatched a bag of flower petals from my car (that I had bought at LA's flower district) and ran into the small vortex dumping the contents. It grabbed the petals and then dropped them 30 meters or so away. " - Brit Bunkley.
Pillar of Cloudshas been shown at multiple venues including: Newmediafest 2020, Wow Retro 2000-2020, The Torrance Art Museum (online), Torrance, CA 2020; The Sustainability Short Film Competition (where it won second prize), The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Gainsborough NC, USA 2019; Blood River, Moon Roll and other Favourites, Institut für Alles Mögliche / Stützpunkt Teufelsberg, Berlin 2019; Les Rencontres Internationales New Cinema And Contemporary Art, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2016.