Erren Franklin’s "Silhouettes" are dream figments from an afternoon nap in a place arrived at through a gentle vortex to a hidden corner along the Central Coast of California on the most beautiful day of the year. Here, the sun warms the sky with benevolence and the breeze is a purring cat’s paw kneading muffins against your skin. Your toes are touching where the sand meets sea, the water lapping harmonious kaleidoscopes against your mind’s smiling eye. The "oh" of pleasure beckons you in. Wade into Summerland.
Erren collaborated with Nico Georis, a prolific and multi-faceted musician from Big Sur who has spent many years experimenting with plant music. To create these pieces, he attached a pair of diodes to the leaves of a living cannabis plant to tap into the current of its fluctuating biodata. The signals that he collects seem to vary according to the conditions of the plant's environment and it's natural cycles, but the process is largely a mystery. Nico interprets these signals by giving them a voice, channeling the inner world of the cannabis plant into something we can hear.
The series is comprised of three films, one for each of the core pieces of Summerland’s collection: Pleasure Point, Chongo, and The Land Yacht.
These films were shot on regular 8mm film, and all visuals were achieved through 100% analog, in-camera means.