I'm delighted to hear that a special screening of Robert Smithson's films are being organised by film curator Aoife Desmond next week in Dublin. US artist Robert Smithson was a seminal figure in the early Land Art movement in the late 1960s. The screening next week will focus on Smithson's most famous work, Spiral Jetty,…Read more Smithson and Holt early Land Art films to be screened in Dublin
https://vimeo.com/33753042 One of the filmmakers I met in Melbourne at the ASLEC-ANZ Regarding the Earth: Ecological Vision in Word and Image 2012 conference was Andrew Denton, who is a senior digital design lecturer at AUT Auckland. I was delighted to see his work as he like me is a NZer and often examines forests in…Read more Ecocentric cinema by Andrew Denton
This is a diagram I came across a few months ago in a book called Watching Wildlife by Cynthia Chris. I know the work of one of the artists who created the diagram - Mark Dion. I looked at Dion's work closely for my undergraduate thesis and later article on Science and the Eclipse of the…Read more The ‘taxonomy’ of nature cinema and popularising science
Cathy Fitzgerald reviews ecocinema book Film and the American Moral Vision of Nature: : Theodore Roosevelt to Walt Disney (2011) by Ronald B. Tobias. This book discusses nature dioramas of the early 20th century and 'how such animal exhibits conveyed a suspended visual statement of the newly understood superior natural order of nature, a new moral vision that became a powerful analogy to the rising and powerful modern America'. And later the repercussions: 'Throughout American nature cinema, from early films of the American West, to Africa and the South Pacific, to Disney’s animations and TrueLife nature documentaries...reveals that much of American nature film is 'couched nature within a uniquely American moral code' and imperialistic perspectives'
http://vimeo.com/deerheartfilms/hfih-trailer I've been lucky enough to catch some new documentaries at the 2012 NZ film festival... And this one, How Far is Heaven (2012) in particular relates to my previous post (the Aotearoa-New Zealand Whanganui river has recently been granted world-leading innovative legal status as an entity in its own right). Beautifully shot, this film…Read more How far is heaven: a new film on relations between a New Zealand river and its communities
Above: Two instances of wind from Tarkovsky's "Zerkalo" (Mirror), spliced together * New book due Aug 2012: Ecocinema Theory and Practice 'Most academic film studies professionals don't take nature film seriously, either historically or theoretically. Indeed, there are few better indications of the educationally counterproductive gap between the humanities and the sciences', Scott Macdonald,…Read more New book: Ecocinema Theory and Practice
Three Gorges Dam, Sandouping, Yiling, Hubei, People's Republic of China. 2010-11 © David Thomas Smith, courtesy of the artist Portraits of the Anthropocene by David Thomas Smith 'I make work that is multi-dimensional. Having come from a background in documentary photography, it is important to me to draw attention to socio-economic and political issues. While at…Read more Portraits of the Anthropocene by David Thomas Smith