"After The Incoming, The Overflow, our future lay within the tides, no turning back, no neap, no ebb, an undertow of uncertainty and doubt... Taunting us, an illusion of normality... We have run out of options, we are battling for breath... "
How does a city cope, what does it look like, after years of drought, rising sea levels, relentless storms?
The composition process making the video was very complex. Nearly every scene has been composited from multiple sources requiring more than 500 individual sequences from original footage filmed around Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula, Inner Suburban Melbourne, the Western Highway, and Far North Queensland. Each scene required matching of lighting intensity, colour and direction, as well as wind direction (in clouds, water, trees, etc), atmospheric haze, perspective, scale and more. In most scenes containing water, footage of the sea has been added to the landscape or cityscape. Similarly, nearly every sky and cloud bank has been composited from mixed sources. Almost none of the building skylines is from a single location.
These scenes might be imaginary, but the reality may not be far off...
Screened with live spoken-word performance at the 8th International Video Poetry Festival, Athens, Greece, December 2019.