CISP: NSW Screening #1: Media Release

SFS Screening 1_poster

This event is free and open to the public.

With increasing ecological concerns surrounding climate change and environmental degradation, how do seemingly ‘given’ environmental conditions begin to foreground themselves within our extremely personalized narratives? How do we come to terms with the increasing prominence of forces once taken for granted?

The Centre for Image and Spatial Politics: NSW, Screening 1, looks at ‘foregrounding’ as both a filmic strategy and contingent reality through the pairing of silent film with data visualization software:

-The Wind (1928), by Victor Sjöström, offers an interesting angle on the notion of foregrounding. Acting as a vicious refrain, the winds of West Texas make themselves known through the visions, crises and personal woes of an impoverished young woman named Letty (Lillian Gish). Complicit in the murder and burial of a suitor, Letty finds herself helpless in the presence of the winds as they unearth and relocate the body.

-Earth (2016), by Cameron Beccario, is a visualization software of global weather conditions that utilizes GEOS-5 data provided by the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) at NASA. The motion of air, ocean, chemicals, particulates, temperature, humidity, and cloud water are forecast by continually updated data sets. Massive accumulations of real time information are revealed through a series of geomorphic flows.

As the world becomes increasingly quantifiable and as new technologies allow for new measurements of new phenomena, it is the ‘givens’ of everyday life, and the responsibilities a new attentiveness may harbor, that constitute both the ‘promise’ and ‘attack’ of modernity.

How can the innocence or guilt of persons and parties be determined by the unpredictable complexities of turbulent environments?

Doors @ 7:30 PM, screening @ 8:00 PM
Sounds by Joshua David Lynch
Approximate run time: 00:50:00


The Center for Image and Spatial Politics (CISP) investigates environments through the lens of composition. It asks how the world is organized and how the limits of organizational strategies govern and subjugate.

It has a double mission toward the production of critical inquiry and cultural production with the intent of uncovering the underlying structures that organize life.

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