The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) have announced the shortlist for the global anthropoScene Film Competition.
The public were invited to submit short films thematically centering on the new epoch of the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene is a defined as a new geological epoch in which humans are now the main force altering the environment on a planetary scale. ‘The philosophical and practical consequences of the Anthropocene couldn’t be greater: in short, nature is no longer that ever-providing thing ‘out there’, it is, for better or worse, something we are creating,’ said Jury Chair and International Festival of Landscape Architecture Creative Director Richard Weller.
The eight shortlisted films were selected from 141 international entries and explore ideas of identity, the future, increased urbanisation, technology and environmental change. Weller explained that “many of the films tried to find beauty in the face of the ecological crisis that the Anthropocene represents and focused in on the fact that we now need to take responsibility for what we’ve made of the world”.
The eight shortlisted films range widely in genres; some are in a documentary style, other use animation and some used parody and humour. Together they provide a fascinating insight into how different people from different cultures are thinking about this big topic.
The 8 finalists include:
· Fortunate Isles: Landings – Jacob Rivkin (USA)
· Cáustico – Joshua Ashish Dawson (USA)
· SIC ERAT SCRIPTUM – Evan Mather (USA)
· What Are You Doing? – Neeti Nayak (USA)
· The Architect – Tiffany Hoy (NSW, Australia)
· La graine – The seed – Adèle Millet-Lacombe and Mégane Millet-Lacombe (France)
· A submission to the enquiry into the death of an architect – Robert Nugent (ACT, Australia)
· The Anthropocene is a meditation about time – Sam Hinton, Andrew MacKenzie, Wu Hao and Su Elin (NSW/ACT, Australia & China)
The shortlist was selected by a jury comprising of seven international design professionals including Richard Weller from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, Author and Artist Paul Carter, Architect and Futurist Liam Young, Harvard University’s Silvia Benedito, University of Southern California’s Aroussiak Gabrielian, Editor in Chief of LA+ Journal Tatum Hands and Visual Anthropologist from the National Museum of Australia Kirsten Wehner.
The shortlisted finalists will be aired at a public screening on 28 October at the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: Not In My Backyard Screening at the National Museum of Australia, with the ultimate winner of the $10,000 in prize money determined via audience participation. After the screening, the Director’s Cut, featuring the highly commended films, will be live on the Not In My Backyard website at www.aila.org.au/notinmybackyard