CASTOROCENE

16mm film, 11 mins, colour, sound, 2021

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'but from the bottom of it all
in some ancient forgotten swamp
something hairy seemed to seemed to squelch

it swam up to reality’s rim
& got to re-building everything
from zilch'

 

After humans have destroyed the world (again) an unnamed beast swims up from a forgotten swamp and rebuilds the world from zilch. CASTOROCENE, shifting between essay and semi-fictionalised nature documentary, is a ‘film pome’ dedicated to one of nature’s great architects. Depicting the wetlands as a living entity, the camera dwells on a landscape of viscous textures, organic debris and nonhuman sculptures, considering parities between acts of borrowing, rewilding and animal world building. Filmed by artist Alexander Hetherington on 16mm film in the wetlands at Bamff in East Perthshire, Scotland.

 

A commission for Rupert Journal's second edition on ‘Post Pandemic Futures’.
https://journal.rupert.lt/post-pandemic-futures/castorocene/

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