September 30, 2012
[Day-long Film Festival]
This film festival was curated in conjunction with the exhibition First, the Forests for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
Publicly and in secret, inadvertently and with intention, humanity is altering its natural environment. This day-long film festival gathers music videos, cult classics and animation looking at the destruction and design of the living landscape. In two acts and one art installation, L’instinct de chasse investigates the possibilities and challenges embodied in designing nature.
In the first act, Human/Nature Dichotomy, we see destruction come as both a violent force and a passive action. The films Pom Poko and Silent Running each address the privilege humanity asserts over our natural environment and the ease with which humans oppress nature.
In the second act, Alternate/Designed Nature, the line between beauty and mutation blurs as humans contort nature to accommodate their whimsy. In the architectural project Blur Building, the music video Cloudbusting and the film Gattaca, the weather and the human body are testing grounds for designing nature.
The video installation at the entrance, N. by Andrea Polli, is a documentation of near real-time Arctic data. As a rapidly changing environment, the Arctic is a barometer measuring how human influence is changing our planet.