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.
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