Susan Philipsz’ new work White Flood (2019) presents footage and a re-recorded and expanded soundtrack from a rare 1940 film of the same title. Philipsz draws attention to the film as a remarkable time capsule, with its 1930s’ footage depicting enormous glaciers and collapsing icebergs filmed across Alaska. While White Flood was originally viewed as a ‘nature film’, at its heart is a warning that these extraordinary natural phenomena are at risk should the earth’s temperature rise or fall ‘even by a few degrees’: a remarkably prescient message.
Associate Professor Ralph Chapman, surveys how our understanding of and response to global warming have changed over the past century. An economist with a keen interest in addressing the threats posed to our natural environment, Chapman is currently Postgraduate Programme Director in Environmental Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He has published numerous articles addressing environmental management issues in New Zealand, including his book Time of Useful Consciousness: Acting Urgently on Climate Change (BWB Texts).
Thursday 14 March, 12 pm
Adam Art Gallery
Victoria University of Wellington
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