New York based avant-garde collective from Baltimore, Maryland.
The band consists of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz).
In the early 2000s, before naming themselves "Animal Collective", the members of the band made few albums under their stage names.
The albums they made, are nowadays considered to be part of Animal Collective's discography. And have since been re-released under the name Animal Collective.
The first one was called Spirit They're Gone Spirit They've Vanished, and it was released in 2000 under the name Avey Tare and Panda Bear.
The second one called Danse Manatee was released a year later under the name Panda, Geologist and Avey.
These two albums were later re-released as a double CD under the name Animal Collective.
Also the first pressing of their 2002 live album Hollinndagain, was released under the name Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist. Later reissues of it were released under the name Animal Collective.
Coral Morphologic is an art-science duo formed by marine biologist Colin Foord and musician J.D. McKay in 2007 in Miami. Pioneers of avant-garde coral macro-videography, their work has been featured on the National Geographic Channel, the BBC, as well as the cover of Vice Magazine to correspond with John McSwain’s 2015 documentary on Coral Morphologic’s work, ‘Coral City’ (watch below).
Coral Morphologic’s artwork is informed by a scientific mission to document, aquaculture, and protect Miami’s (and the world’s) coral. They hypothesize that the coral pioneering onto the seawalls of Miami may hold the keys to understanding how reef organisms worldwide will adapt to human influence in the 21st century. Coral Morphologic is currently working with NOAA and Florida International University to understand how these unusually resilient urban ‘super corals’ are able to live so successfully along the submerged edge of the highway connecting Miami to Miami Beach.
“Symbiosis is inherent in [Coral Morphologic’s] work. They are a modern day Jean Painlevé—using living organisms they cultivate in their lab as the source for their art, while simultaneously creating an interest in those creatures outside of that context.” - Brian Weitz, musician, Animal Collective