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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



Audio description consultation and delivery thanks to Nilgün Güven-Bouras

Composer Notes


Compiled by composer and musician, Edwin Montgomery

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.

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