This video is a very rough cut to provide and example of what ‘Light in darkness, Dark in lightness’ was.
‘Light in darkness, Dark in lightness’ was an interactive environmental exhibition. This video is a very rough cut of this.
The exhibitions aim was to increase University staff and student’s awareness and agency around the climate crisis. It looked to address implicit bias, look at social, political and environmental concepts and how we frame these. The exhibition was used as a demo to further another ‘reflexive’ project but held weight as a single piece of work. The video features conversations captured from the audience during the 5 hours the exhibition was live. The piece centred around a clock counting down from 20:00 to 00:00, every time the clock hit zero the same spoken-word poem was delivered before the clock reset and the process began again. The poem is the second piece of audio featured.
A transcript of the conversation is below;
I wasn’t sure if the bike tyres are directing you in a way. I was kinda following it at first.
Places to stop. There’s circles as well.
Just wandering around with placards. But no one knows what to do.
The seas are rising and so are we.
That is sad. With chips just like…
Look at the potatoes, just on the floor.
This is very common.
I can’t believe how we’re struggling with recycling on this campus. It’s just…
And your words, are not useful enough. We don’t value your words. We’re going to do the same.
But we’ll still go to Copenhagen, Bali, Berlin, Cancun. Paris. Kyoto.
Is anyone else getting the same interpretation from this?
Which is. The smart looking gentleman here. He’s in the driving seat. Time is running out. We can pick up things and protest…
But he’s not listening to you.
Exactly, cotton is in his ears. We can’t change anything.
He’s a politician.
He don’t have brains.
Blue tie, conservative.
We have this problem now what are going to do about it? Yeah, I recycle. What else?
What is this?
You have so many things happening around you. Climate, food, the planet, the environment, arts, whatever. All this, certain thoughts running through. You will get the job done. Which of this is protecting the climate.
I could actually put some kidney beans in my soup.
I think we should stop fining people and start doing community punishments, People have to do bin duties. People have to do litter picks. To make up for any disciplinary behaviour. Any discipli-nary behaviour.
Because they don’t pay for the fines, mum and daddy does.
Do we need to do something? Do we need to act?
We know we need to act. But do we need to act?
Are you going to tell us how to act?
Coming to you. We want answers from you.
As a group I think we’ve kind of got to this point, we don’t know how to act maybe that is the point.
Maybe we know all this stuff, but when it comes to acting, we don’t know what to do.
It’s just, a lot of people come from white privilege. I’m one of those people. And you’re not necessarily taught how to be responsible about these things. Because on a national level it isn’t taught to be responsible about these things.