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Deep Weather

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Deep Weather

Venue

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Dates

9 Aug 2019-29 Sep 2019

Category

Arts and Culture

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Today

40 -11
9/8/2019

10am

‘All day’ event
No booking required

Prices

​FREE

​Deep Weather is a video essay by Swiss artist Ursula Biemann. The work draws a connection between a massive oil extraction operation in northern Canada and impact on indigenous populations locally and in other parts of the world.


The video begins by documenting a huge industrial extraction zone, large enough to be seen from space, in Alberta’s oil sands region. Aerial footage reveals a landscape devasted by aggressive mining, containing a toxic slurry of heavy metals. It is one of the world’s largest industrial projects, destructive to the environment and communities in the region.

The second part of the film takes place thousands of miles away in Bangladesh.  It documents the gigantic community effort in building protective embankments to prevent flooding.  Thousands of people work together, without any mechanical help to protect themselves from rising water levels. This is what climate change may mean for people in the deltas of developing countries.

The video makes a connection between seemingly unrelated events and locations, underlining the fact that our actions have a direct impact on complex systems of our planet.


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