a n t h r o p o S c e n e
A global short film competition concerning the profoundly frightening and yet somehow incredibly optimistic landscapes of the 21st century.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects along with partners at the National Museum of Australia and LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture have announced the winners for the global anthropoScene Short Film Competition, which was decided by audience participation at the
Not In My Backyard Outdoor Screening in Canberra on Friday 28 October.
The winner of the AUD7,000 prize money was The Architect by Sydney-based actor and filmmaker, Tiffany Hoy. Set in the year 2020, The Architect imagines a world in which humans are responsible for all life. Much of Earth’s flora and fauna have been wiped out by climate change, progress and the ravages of war.
The runner-up, winning AUD3,000 prize money was SIC ERAT SCRIPTUM by Los Angeles-based landscape architect and filmmaker Evan Mather. The film posed the question, ‘was the United States Interstate Highway System created by dinosaurs?’ in a passionate sermon of fevered intensity.
The Architect by Tiffany Hoy
SIC ERAT SCRIPTUM by Evan Mather
Fortunate Isles: Landings by Jacob Rivkin
The Anthropocene is a meditation about time by Andrew MacKenzie, Sam Hinton, Sue Elin, and Wu Hao
Cáustico by Joshua Ashish Dawson
What Are You Doing? by Neeti Nayak
La graine – The seed by Adèle Millet-Lacombe & Mégane Millet-Lacombe
A submission to the enquiry into the death of an architect by Robert Nugent
Considering the impressive quality of entrants, the jury selected an additional 8 films for high commendation to be featured as part of the Director’s Cut, including:
D.C. Loci: post-gender, post-race, post-human - Mariana Ibanez and Simon Kim (USA)
How To Save The World - Naeem Shahrestani (USA)
Fall of Roam - Don Do (NSW, Australia)
Pareidolia - Hugh Marchant and Ben Norris (NSW, Australia)
Child of Humanity - Achyutanand Dwivedi (India)
Negotiating the Floodplain - Ryan Barnette, Bobby Bruce, Leetee Wang and Zhoufei Zhu (USA)
Our Little Planet - Keith Diamond (NSW, Australia)
Iwanuma - Leandro Couto de Almeida and Emma Freeman Goode (USA)
What is the Anthropocene?
At the same time that the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016, the International Commission on Stratigraphy is expected to formally announce the dawn of the Anthropocene Epoch: a new geological period defined by the fact that the earth’s systems are now fundamentally determined by human activity. The philosophical and practical consequences couldn't be greater: in short, nature is no longer that ever-providing thing ‘out there’, it is, for better or worse, something we are creating. The landscape of the Anthropocene is a cultural landscape and therefore a question of design