You are invited to join artist Adam Chodzko, shortlisted for The Jarman Award 2015, for the premiere of Deep Above.
Deep Above 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 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.
Following the screening, Chodzko will be in conversation with Sally Weintrobe psychoanalyst and with Alice Sharp, Curator and Director of Invisible Dust.
Lunchtime Talks are a series of free informal presentations at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio at 13:00 on a Friday. In a change to normal proceedings as part of Bristol Green Capital, this week's talk with take place in Cinema 3.
Please note: Limited tickets will be available on the day from Box Office.
Deep Above is commissioned by Invisible Dust, advised by Dr Adam Harris, University College London, 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.