A CLIMATE-CHANGE NARRATIVE
Six fictional characters confront life decisions brought about by the toxic floods of rising seas and storms in a computer-driven recombinatory film that never plays in the same order twice.
In this combinatory film, you will follow the accounts of a young woman, a teenage boy, a fisherman, a mother, a pig farmer and a FEMA emergency relief employee who live in a near-future landscape along the US eastern seaboard. They face the challenge of repeated storm surges and tides flood that are transforming the densely populated lands and polluting the land and water with toxic muds from nearby refineries, chemical storage depots, a nuclear power plant and countless brownfields - the legacies of 19th and 20th Century industrialization. The fictions are interspersed with nonfictional accounts of deaths that occurred during recent storms in the area, most notably Hurricane Sandy.
A combinatory film uses computer code to draw fragments from a database in changing configurations every time it is shown. As some stories seem to resolve, others unravel. Just as with the conditions of ocean tides and tidal shores, the stories cycle and change without clear beginning or end. Rather, individuals grasp for meaning from fleeting conditions of a world in flux. As the characters paths intersect, story threads come together. These offer moments of resolution, contact and visions of the future, before the narratives are broken apart and a fresh cycle begins. The work may be programed for short versions suitable for exhibition (30mins) or single showings in feature venues (60mins).
TOXICITY is filmed in a unique multi-camera panoramic form. It can be screen in HD, 4K immersive (VR) environments and video walls. The film is directed and edited by Roderick Coover. The script is by Scott Rettberg.
View a 6 MINUTE VIDEO DEMO - SCREEN RECORDING
The sample, which is not combinatory, presents a brief screen recording of about 6 minutes of a 55-65 minute experience.
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View a 40 MINUTE VIDEO DEMO - SCREEN RECORDING
The sample, which is not combinatory, presents a brief screen recording of about 40 minutes of a 55-65 minute experience.
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TOXICITY Project Description PDF
TOXICITY Filmmaker Bios PDF
Interview with the filmmakers by David Jhave Johnston in Sound Effects
TOXICITY Publicity Stills Compressed Download
- SPIRE Award, University of Bergen, 2016.
- The Museum of the Institute for Visual Arts (INOVA) Commission, 2015.
- Brown University Library PMA Digital Scholarship Lab Visiting Artist In Residence, 2014.
- Ragdale Foundation Artist in Residence, 2014.
- Creative Capital Foundation Artist-To-Watch. 2013.
- Chemical Hertitage Foundation Commission, 2013.
- DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame University
- Oslo Poesiefilm Festival
- The Human Side of Climate Change, Bergen, Norway
- ASANOR 2015, Stavanger, Norway
- Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland 2015.
- Hybrid - Paris8
- University of Illinois-Chicago Electronic Visualization Lab
- Brown University Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab
- Museo Ars Santa Monica, Barcelona (January-April 2016).
- Automat Gallery Philadelphia
- Aarhus Public Library
- Landscapes of the Anthropocene exhibition, Innova Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Bergen Public Library
- Sensing Change - Exhibition of the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum, Philadelphia (Installation Prototype)
Toxicity: A Climate Change Narrative is developed in tandem with the nonfiction work, Estuary. The narrative images a near future built from the nonfictional exploration of the historical and contemporary landscape.