Film screening of Albatross (2017).
Post-screening conversation with artist and director, Chris Jordan.
ALBATROSS (2017) is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, Chris and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. ALBATROSS walks us through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy — and our own complicity — head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a deeply felt experience of beauty and love for the miracle of life on Earth. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, ALBATROSS takes viewers on a lyrical guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and renewal that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the world.
This event is co-sponsored by: Anthropocene Research Cluster; Center for Creative Conservation; College of the Environment; Comparative History of Ideas; Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media; Critical Animal Studies Working Group; Environmental Humanities Research Cluster; Photomedia Program, School of Art + Art History + Design; Simpson Center for the Humanities.