where to from here?
- Jess Flint, Witness Performance, June 2020
Recently, some of the homo Sapiens involved with The Parallel Effect created a 30-minute-broadcast for 'Assemble' - a virtual arts festival - calling for 'a government of artists' to share ideas around leadership, community and care in a time of crisis.
The presentation, which explores many themes integral to the world of The Parallel Effect (including theoretical physics, the many worlds theory and intrinsic patterns of human behavior), is now available to watch for a limited time.
- Artist Daz Chandler about the video-work, Lament
One of the elements making up the 30-minute-broadcast we've linked to above, is a standalone, short video-artwork called, 'Lament.'
This video-work is also available with full Audio Descriptions
and Composer's Notes below.
ABOUT THE FILM
Created by Daz Chandler (one of our Founders) and featuring original music for violin by Composer, Edwin Montgomery, ‘Lament’ travails a history of pivotal moments in the sociopolitical narrative of climate change. It takes this instance of "pandemic pause" to chronicle the decisions, and catastrophic events of the past that have shaped the future we currently face.
Ranging from the early beginnings of industry; through to the nuclear blasts at Bikini Atoll in 1946; to the ecocide of US Military strategy in Vietnam, the largest industrial disaster of our time in India and even the recent Australian bushfires; these events are documented chronologically, and a full list - which we would encourage you to explore - has been made available below.
The work is a confronting and illuminating experience, and uses these events of our past to pose a fundamental question we all face as we move - post pandemic - into an uncertain future.
If you'd like to acquire a copy of the video-work for exhibition, screenings or educational purposes, please:
Like the title of the film suggests, the process of lamentation is about taking moments to pause and reflect on what has passed. With that in mind, musically I wanted to try to keep things slow and understated - in line with taking a deep breath in when remembering something evocative.
As the footage playing on the monitor is so powerful, it was also important to me that the music remained relatively simple and would not intrude on the narratives present in the imagery itself.
From a melodic perspective, the piece is primarily made up of cascading minor scales, performed with steady and deliberate, drawn out bow strokes. Ultimately, the music aims to summon -- and leave space for -- a quiet, reflective sadness.
The sound design has been kept particularly sparse and is at times almost entirely silent. Only certain movements of the character on screen are highlighted: like their footsteps and interactions with other key objects. Daz and I both felt that deliberately leaving empty space would help to create a desolate, almost uncanny sensation.
The distant rumbling of industry and thunder, ominously hint at something rather menacing that is both close and far away..
GET TO KNOW
This video-work highlights, in chronological order, a history of pivotal moments in the narrative of anthropogenic climate change.
Many of these catastrophic events have been forgotten but remain pertinent to our understanding of both today’s climate crisis and its intersectional nature.
We encourage you to explore the video links below and learn more about the history that led to these indelible incidents.
The Evolution Of The Oil Industry - YouTube
Coal Mine At Comrie Colliery - 1945 British Council Film Collection - YouTube
Birth of an Oil Field - YouTube
Coal Mining the Modern Way: Newcastle, 1957 - YouTube
Paul 'Red' Adair Conquers The Sahara Oil Fire (1962) - YouTube
Castle Bravo - YouTube
Bikini Atoll (1946) - YouTube
President Richard Nixon Address to the Nation on the War in Vietnam, November 3, 1969 - YouTube
Aerial footage of US planes spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam - YouTube
Bhopal Chemical Disaster - 1984 | Today in History | - YouTube
Operation desert storm Bush - YouTube
Flames of Kuwait - Gulf War 1990 - YouTube
Baraka - Kuwait Oil Fires - YouTube
Exxon Valdez oil spill harmed wildlife - YouTube
Why We Need to Stop Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans - YouTube
Starving Polar Bear on Iceless Land | National Geographic - YouTube
Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives On The Alberta Tar Sands - YouTube
How Deforestation Looks From Space | BBC Earth - YouTube
Massive Landslide Caught On Camera - YouTube
AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE Satellite Video - YouTube
Australian firefighters capture terrifying moment truck becomes engulfed by a wildfire - YouTube
Woman saves scorched koala from Australian bushfire - YouTube
Hurricane Florence's Landfall Seen From Space Station - YouTube
The Raw Power of Hurricane Michael in Panama City - YouTube
4-Mile-Wide Iceberg Breaks From Greenland Glacier | National Geographic - YouTube
Drone footage of migrant caravan as seen from above - YouTube
Drone footage shows caravan of migrants in southern Mexico - YouTube
Space Sunrise and Sunset from the ISS [HD] - YouTube
WATCH lament WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTIONS
Audio description consultation and delivery thanks to Nilgün Güven-Bouras
The Parallel Effect was conceived and developed on the unceded land of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. We pay respect to Indigenous elders of the past, those who live among us and those who are emerging.
The Parallel Effect is generously supported by Next Wave, The Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation, Punctum, Darebin Arts Speakeasy, Origami Flight and the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.