Just a few hours east of Los Angeles, in the vast southern California desert, lies the Salton Sea, a salt lake created by a flood in 1905 in the desert east of Los Angeles. While much of it appears to symbolize the destructive power of shortsighted human projects -- abandoned hotels, sunken trailer homes, dead fish – the lake is one of the last remaining habitats for hundreds of birds displaced by rampant development of the wetlands in Southern California.
In this film, a series of images starkly illustrate the fuzzy boundaries between man's "built environment" and "nature." the city and the desert, the “manmade” and the “natural.” The Salton Sea and its environs is a place that challenges these taken-for-granted domains, and my video is an attempt not to resolve these opposing images into a coherent singular message, but rather to raise more questions, to unsettle.
The accompanying score is by Los Angeles based ensemble, Rats.
Premiered at the London International Documentary Film Festival, 2008.