We're very happy to announce that our third satellite program of 2018 will be our very first in Australia, making Antarctica the only continent not to host Imagine Science... for now. We'll be taking part in the outdoor program Plein Air: Imagine Science
which, along with 90 minutes of favorite films circulating around ideas of data and enviroment, will also feature the solar data sonifcation work of Dr. Barry Hill and his Sonic Sunflower
The program, which will take place at the Lismore Quad
May 19, will also be our first collaboration with LabX
, a research cluster at Southern Cross University for Environmental Arts, Science and Activism begun by longtime ISF friend and alumni filmmaker Grayson Cooke
Complete program details:Icarus
(César Pesquera, France, 2013, 4min) George Yoshitake was the last survivor among the secret group of cameramen, who between 1945 and 1962, filmed the nuclear tests made by the US Army at the Nevada desert and the Pacific Ocean. The sound of his voice triggers the animation of the main element in the film. ICARUS is a film about the fascination of looking, the greedy impulse of capturing images, the essence of filmmaking itself Slow Life
(Daniel Stoupin, Australia, 2014, 4min ) Colorful "slow" marine animals come to life with complex focus-stacking time-lapse techniques. Corals and sponges play crucial roles in the ocean ecosystems, yet our understanding of their daily lives is highly limited. The Great Silence
(Allora & Calzadilla, USA, 2016, 16min) Arecibo, the world's largest radio telescope, is located in Esperanza, Puerto Rico, which is also home to a critically endangered species of parrots. The telescope functions as an ear that is capable of capturing signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. The witty messages from the parrots remain unnoticed. Hope Island
(Charles Lindsay, Canda, 2015, 7min) Ctenophora / Comb Jellies are the oceanic species that recently initiated a radical re-drawing of the Tree of Life - from the bottom up. This video was captured during a full moon upwelling at Hope Island, British Columbia - as raw material for installations that consider alternate evolutionary paths and the idea of life elsewhere in the universe. Confluence
(Noah Shulman, USA, 2014, 6min) There is always movement, even in stillness. Things around us are constantly changing in tiny ways that we don't notice, eventually building up to growth and death. Urth
(Ben Rivers, UK, 2016, 19min) Urth documents the failed and shut-down ecosystem Biosphere 2.0 in Arizona. A science-fiction-like, pyramidal building and a laboratory for the creation of an artificial Planet Earth to deal with climate change's destruction of our own version.
(Johannes Krell & Florian Fischer, Germany, 2016, 12min) Oscillating between aesthetic and documentary forms, KALTES TAL describes the daily business of a strip mine harvesting lime. The material removed is processed and returned to nature through forest liming. This measure attempts to counteract acid rain that troubles the forest floor. A cycle like a Mobius strip – an irreversible consequence due to the mining materials in order to restore the fragile natural balance. Lime dust delicately dusts the forest floor. A white, spherical alternative world opens, questioning our ambivalent relationship to nature. Open Field Delerium Error
(Nate Dorr, USA, 2016, 1min) A mouse explores the clear Plexiglas enclosure of the "Open Field Test", displaying the tension between urge to explore and anxiety. The test is often videotaped and digitized for later analysis. In this case, playback revealed violently colorful digital error. This film recomposes the test run out of over 4000 individually-captured frames of corrupted video. The mouse, doubtless, remains unaware. Biosemiotic Borneo
(Ursula Biemann, Switzerland / Borneo, 2016, 14min) Biosemiotic Borneo – a more explicitly sonic than visual piece of art – lingers around a giant Banyan tree that stands in the Meratus Mountains in Southeast Borneo. Drawing attention to the semiotic processes of world-making in nature, the audio-visual work explores how artists and field biologists go about sensing and making sense of dense forest ecologies of Borneo using new methods that describe entire genetic assemblages as fluid text. Quiet Zone
(Karl Lemieux & David Bryant, Canada, 2015, 14min) In Quiet Zone, the filmmakers take us deep into the world of those who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity. These "wave refugees" settled in West Virginia around the Green Bank observatory, in an area known as the National Radio Quiet Zone.