"Many billions of years compressed into five minutes - 'Not' is an eco-horror film poem about human beings - a brief-lived, relentlessly destructive invasive species who once roamed the earth.
Many people think apocalypse is a future event - something out of a sci-fi film involving exciting CGI visuals, but environmental destruction is already happening - massive global apocalypse is well underway.
Ironically, environmental apocalypse is often visually unspectacular or completely invisible. Aside from the visuals of icebergs melting into the sea - it's mundane, dull, and ordinary. It is catastrophic - but it's often boring and as mechanically repetitive as the industrial machines of destruction in this film.
There is something weirdly beautiful, haunting, and even lyrical about such machines - they are rich visual metaphors for larger "machines" such as capitalism, patriarchy, etc. We build them but we obey them.
Apocalyptic environmental destruction may be dull and monotonous - but it is all around us, from fracking to mountain top mining - to hoarding and hyper consumption. It is right before our eyes, yet many seem blind to it. Some do not "believe" in global warming, yet they cling to wildly irrational ideas about the supposed coming apocalypse. Irrationality goes hand in hand with apocalyptic thinking.
"Not" is a poem that is as much about toxic relationships between humans - as it is a contemplation of our relentless destruction of the earth. The inevitably damaging consequences of our empathy deficient species? The reckless & mechanized destructive nature of end stage capitalism? A siren call to alert us all that Thanatos is destroying Eros. A cry for empathy from the earth itself. 'Not' is offered as a thought-provoking poem." ―Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
"Not" is the second film of my eco-feminist & eco-horror "Gaia Triptych" (2016) which includes "Waste," "Not," and "Want Not." This trilogy is intended as an altar-like triptych installation, but the films may be projected individually.
View "Waste" at vimeo.com/165976297
View "Want Not" at vimeo.com/175167689
View a virtual installation of "The Gaia Triptych" at vimeo.com/176688332
"Not" is created from recycled and repurposed images and sound in the Public Domain, or material released under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license.
"Not"― by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2016 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.