Clam Up
Fable: I want the world clean
Fisherman: a birthday wish
Speak: when there are no words
Family History
Forgotten Time

nature:artifice, endurance:durability

If all limits we set upon ourselves can be overcome, and there is no endpoint to growth in the human sense of production, how does that leave the face of the environments we continually insist upon reshaping, or lives beyond our own?

This film looks at the nature of viewing nature and the problems we've created for ourselves in defining useful space: the contemporary act of viewing "landscape" requires an effort of willful ignorance of our own position as present and influencial, and what it takes to get to the point of being in a position to view it.

The culture that has developed to support our physical needs stands in direct counterpoint to the world that struggles to thrive without it. In fact the forms of that culture seem defiantly resistant to natural impulses, just as humanity seeks, if not proximity to that Nature, certainly an echo of an aesthetic that does not include an awareness of artifice ("civilization") or their practical needs.

This paradox in our modern culture's design is resolved by the perpetuation of our hegemonic violence that continues to lead to certain death for the world we live in, preservationists and advocates of "sustainability" not withstanding.

Film Listing

(Click here for ordering info: This film available on DVD 5: "2006")

(2005) 16mm, 15:30
Appearing: Tessa Day and flies from La Villette, France, features of the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Harbor in Hamburg, Germany, and Boston, MA, Containers from Around the world, birds from Boston.
Image and sound by Robert Todd
Printed at Cine Labs