A wide-angle travelogue across the planetary surface, Analytical Landforms continues forward from the mineral finish of the previous program to examine our physical reality through ecology, geology, climatology, and even microbiology. But is this the present anthropocene Earth, or have we unexpectedly traveled somewhere more exotic? Look closely enough at our planet, and it may become indistinguishable from science fiction. Or perhaps science fiction may, as is often the case, have something to tell us about our planet.
Within these themes, the formats and topics undergo constant transformation: documentary footage of biosphere 2 is recomposed as a story of climatological apocalypse, strip mines reveal surprising medical and environmental possibilities, a science fiction writer finds her voice amid entirely terrestrial splendor, and an architectural essay breaks up into inhuman geometries. With a planet this varied, who needs outer space? That's not to say that we didn't have to add in one pure science fiction: an absurdist exo-planetary investigation conducted with endless invention and only the strangest practical effects planet Earth has to offer.
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