Twenty years ago, a group of scientists and freethinkers built an ark in the desert. Media attention and controversy surrounded it from the beginning. This is the real story. More on http://www.theavantgardediaries.com
Directed & Edited by Richard Parks / Produced by Brady Welch / Director of Photography: Donavan Sell / Music by William Ryan Fritch / Line Producer: Michael MacDonald / Sally Silverstone interview crew: Keith Pikus & Bennett Barbakow / Motion Graphics by LukeGraves / Coloring by Chris Donlon / Archival Courtesy of Linda Leigh / Special Thanks to Terri Timely and the University of Arizona
In June 2012, "Welcome to the Anthropocene"—a film about the state of the planet—opened the UN's Rio+20 summit on sustainable development. The summit was the largest UN meeting to date.
A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.
HD stills available here: igbp.net/5.1081640c135c7c04eb480001217.html
Unnarrated version here: vimeo.com/40940686
The film was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London 26-29 March, a major international conference focusing on solutions. planetunderpressure2012.net
The film is part of the world's first educational webportal on the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, and developed and sponsored by anthropocene.info
Anthropocene.info is a beta version. Phase two and phase three of the site development will be complete by the end of 2012.
Chris Watson’s Whispering in the Leaves is an extraordinary sound installation, using recordings and natural history broadcast to transport us to the far-flung, dense rainforests of South and Central America. Throughout Kew Gardens’ Summer festival, the Palm House will be diffused with the dawn and dusk choruses of the myriad of creatures native to these lush tropical landscapes.
A number of events are planned to take place throughout the Summer season, from special performances and workshops led by Chris, to talks with ecological luminaries and artist-led monthly tours around the installation.