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School of Environment
Stephen Scharper

ENV100: LECTURE 6 17 TH OCTOBER 2013 - Jennifer Baischwal, director of “Watermark”. “Manufactured landscapes” landscapes that we alter to document his essay on China. Environmental regulations in China weren’t as stringent. Environmental effects have plagued the country. Yoo-yang shoe factory- all dyes went into the waters, workers lived next to the water. Film had an environmental impact on consciousness. Watermark is about human’s relationship with water, how it impacts us, how we impact water. Plays on visual imagery. It’s not telling you how to do things, but it creates a swirl of ambience around water. It is a non-didactic approach to film-making, contextual approach to reality that doesn’t try to be reductive, that has more of an emotional power rather than just a lecture based event. Creates a space to think about certain questions to shift consciousness about an issue. Film is about an argument, it shows problems that a photographer is trying to portray, doesn’t come to a conclusion, raises questions about a representation, allows the viewer to make up his/her mind. Ambiguity is the source of power of Edward’s photographs. His photographs are large, look like an abstract painting. She connected to the ‘garbage’ that she was seeing as it evoked a shift in her consciousness because she identified it as ‘my garbage’. She was seduced by the beauty and revolted by the garbage because the photos were ambiguous. - Aerial photography of the film makes the China Yellow river (Hoover Dam?) look so dry. Reminded people of Mordor. River displaced a lot of people, people protest against the relocation. - Chinese develop dams for power and for flood control. Hydro-power is green power. We are shifting things to an extent that has never happened before. - Watermark: there is room for a dialogue, giving you the keys to a room w/o telling you what’s in there. - Film depicts 10 countries, it is more of an experiential film that allows you to build on your relationship with water. Arts are important to our environmental engagement. It is a distinctively powerful film that pulls on different strings of your psyche, there is a sense of spiritual connection to water (nature), it’s good for your spirits to see your friends, the film does things to your spirits. - Categorize the con
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