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PAN:SPER_MIA Title Sequence
Meredith Zerby
Oklahoma State University Panspermia is the hypothesis that life exists throughout the Universe, distributed by meteoroids, asteroids, comets, planetoids, and also by spacecraft in the form of unintended contamination by microorganisms. Panspermia's title sequence is one that explores this theme of inter-galactic organism's presence on Earth. This is a piece whose focus is the experimental research that is underway to accurately determine if foreign life lives among us. This show is set just as life on earth is turning a new decade in the late 1980's/early 1990's. The piece is constantly moving, changing and revealing different images and movie clips to visually depict the piecing together of information that is occurring in the labs. Images are quickly strung together allowing an overall dialect and discovery of information to occur as the viewer is bombarded with visual clues. Some information is presented more subtly, while others are at the forefront of delivery. Even with this hierarchy, it is understood that all pieces are clues to the overall mystery of foreign life on Earth. The montage is strange, mysterious, contrasting and constantly alternating between stories of human life and the life of microorganisms in a scientific setting. By doing so, the sequence reveals the two focal points of the show: the process of discovery and the human lives doing the discovering. Between the score and images on screen, the piece becomes unexpected and fast-paced, taking the audience on an exciting but emotional rollercoaster with sudden and abrupt twists and turns. Consequently, the title sequence gives a condensed emotional experience as to the intrigue, thrill, uneasiness and possible hysteria that consequently follows the unfolding of one of human's biggest question.