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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
WATCH WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTIONS
Audio description consultation and delivery thanks to Nilgün Güven-Bouras
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.