lark vcr

Possum Impressions

Multimedia Installation at the Berkeley Center for New Media
University of California Berkeley
Dec 2015 – June 2016

This natural history museum-style exhibition with two plush, life-size opossums was in response to the phenomena of possums appearing in UC Berkeley Title IX sexual harassment trainings.

A digital plaque (video below) shifts between description of opossums and survivors, pointing to ways the comparison between "playing dead" and the "freeze" response to trauma is both useful and problematic.

(above) Digital Plaque - 45sec loop

(below) Installation location outside Moffitt Library, UC Berkeley. Possums - wire, fake fur, clay, acrylic, ace bandage =p

Possum Impressions installation with possums in their habitat by Lark Alder aka Lark VCR
Possum Impressions installation with possums in their habitat by Lark Alder aka Lark VCR
Possum Impressions installation with possums in their habitat by Lark Alder aka Lark VCR

Project advisor: Jadelynn Stahl
Supported by the Berkeley Center for New Media