Join us for two screenings - and art and science in conversation - of Deep Above by artist Adam Chodzko, which explores the psychological gap in our relationship to climate change; we recognise its occurrence yet we are paralysed from taking immediate action to avoid its terrifying consequences.
We all know climate change is happening; we experience extreme weather conditions and observe the data, imagery and analysis as evidence, and ‘everyone’ seems to be talking about it. We appreciate, intellectually, its potentially devastating impact on our planet and yet simultaneously we distance ourselves from feeling this danger, diverting our belief into fantasies that somehow, individually, we are impervious.
Chodzko uses moving image and sound to explore, short-circuit and abstract our self-deceptions regarding climate change. Exploring the zones between the rational and irrational, and mind and body, whilst adopting the languages of meditation, hypnosis and ‘self help’ he addresses the behavioural psychology analysed in George Marshall’s brilliant book Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.
Both screenings will be followed by Q&As: on Sat 21 Nov, the screening will be followed by an in conversation with Professor of Biogeochemistry Richard Pancost, Director of the Cabot Institute, Bristol University and Alice Sharp, Director of Invisible Dust.
On Sun 22 Nov the screening will be followed by an in conversation with Dr Adam Harris (University College London) who is an advisor to Adam Chodzko and an experimental psychologist with expertise in communication and belief change and Alice Sharp, Director of Invisible Dust.
Deep Above is commissioned by Invisible Dust, advised by Dr Adam Harris, produced in association with Watershed and Shambala Festival and funded by the Wellcome Trust. Presented in partnership with Watershed and Festival of Ideas as part of Bristol Green Capital.Download Programme Notes (PDF)