PROGRAM EXPIRED Sept 29, 2021
Curated by Shahbaz Khayambashi (PD Co-Chair)
JOIN US for the artists in attendance Q&A Sept. 29, 2021, 07:00 PM EST moderated by Matthew I. Thompson. He is a sessional lecturer at the Cinema Studies Institute and the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto. He recently obtained his PhD from the Cinema Studies Institute with a dissertation that investigates the translation of environmental rhetoric into 1970s dystopian science fiction film. He has work published in the journals Spectator, World Picture, and The New Review of Film and Television Studies.
The natural world is dying at an alarming rate. As forests burn and species go extinct, humans are doing what they do best: ignoring the issues and attempting to replace them with their own version of nature. Industry has begun to replace nature by mimicking its aesthetics, creating a simulacrum of humanity’s image. Pleasure Dome’s Ecologies of Industry exists halfway between nature and industry, presenting experimental works that exist within this dichotomy.
Nature exists in a vulnerable state and often away from human eyes, and as the pandemic has shown us, much further away than we realize. Our understanding of nature is often limited by time and space, ending at our backyards, nearby parks, or the occasional trip outside of our comfort zones. Even our understanding of nature is established by these limits, which is why we ultimately exist much closer to the industry side of the dichotomy than we realize. How real is our understanding of nature, and for how long has it been overtaken by industry?
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