2013 | 00:08:58 | Switzerland | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video
Collection: Single Titles
Water and oil form the undercurrents of all narrations as they activate profound changes in the planetary ecology. After the oil peak, ever dirtier, remote and deeper layers of fossil resources are being accessed. Aerial recording of the devastated crust in Alberta opens the view into dark lubricant geologies. Climate change, exasperated by projects such as the Canadian tar sands, puts the life of large world populations in danger.
Melting Himalayan ice fields, rising planetary sea levels, and extreme weather events increasingly impose an amphibian lifestyle on the Bangladeshi population. Gigantic machine-less efforts are made by communities to build protective mud embankments in the delta where large parts will soon be submerged and water is declared the territory of citizenship.
Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.
Premiere2013 Center for Contemporary Arts Glasgow
Exhibitions + Festivals
Athens International Film/Video Festival, Athens, OH, 2014
Internationale Kurtzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany, 2014
Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands, 2014
Video Fest, Dallas, TX, 2014
Ursula Biemann - Egyptian Chemistry/Deep Weather/Sahara Chronicle, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin, Germany, 2013
Maldives Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2013
Ursula Biemann - Hybrid Ecologies, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels, Belgium, 2013
Inflexions, Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, 2013
World of Matter, Hartware MediaArtAssociation, Dortmund, Germany, 2014
World of Matter, James Gallery, Graduate Center, City University New York, New York, NY, 2014
World of Matter, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015
River Tamar Film Festival, Plymouth, United Kingdom, 2014