Doris sixeleitak is the name given to a fictional species developed as a collaboration between myself and Katie Green, a fellow University of Florida Art + Technology alumni. I am really interested in research and its development in the field of history and art history. I spent the majority of my time working with this project visiting the Research and Collections building of Dickinson Hall at the University of Florida as well as the Florida Museum of Natural History.
The concept for this project came about as my partner and I spent the weekend on Seahorse Key, a research and conservation island used for teaching of marine and coastal sciences. We decided to base our idea in faux research and cryptozoology. Using our first names spelled backwards, doris sixeleitak was born. We spend the time on the island taking photos and video documentation. These photos were then manipulated and used to present “raw footage” and “findings” of this rare and previously undetermined species.
This project was presented in the form of an installation complete with a computer displaying all of our files for doris sixeleitak, a researcher’s desk filled with papers and other random items, and jars and vials containing samples and a small specimen in a jar which was sculpted out of polymer clay. Our goal was to be as convincing as possible with our fake species all the while learning more about the research process.