Culture·Film·Social Interest

Adam Chodzko – Deep Above

Autumn 2015

What is the psychological gap where we understand that climate change occurs yet remain paralysed from taking action?

Still from Deep Above, Adam Chodzko © 2015
Still from Deep Above, Adam Chodzko © 2015

I was commissioned to document the new project from artist Adam Chodzko, working again with Invisible Dust to create a new film about climate change. Chodzko uses moving image and sound to explore, short-circuit and abstract our slippery self-deceptions regarding climate change. Exploring the zones between the rational and irrational, and mind and body, whilst adopting the languages of meditation, hypnosis and ‘self help’ he addresses the behavioural psychology analysed in George Marshall’s brilliant book Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

Surrounding this new piece was a series of talks and workshops in Bristol, partnering with the Watershed and Bristol University to widen the debate surrounding climate change, the psychology of it, and the role art has to play.

I produced several films, one documenting the project as a whole, as well as excerpts from the various fascinating debates that took place.

Deep Above Project Film


Watch here: Can psychology help us to accepts and act on the scientific evidence on climate change?

Debate: 11 November, Bristol University

Panellists: Marcus Coates, artist, Stephan Lewandowsky, Cognitive Scientist, George Marshall, Founder, Climate Outreach Information Network.
Chair: Alice Sharp, Curator and Director, Invisible Dust.

Watch here: What is the role of art and artists in considering climate change?

Debate, 6 November, Watershed Cinema, Bristol.
Panellists: Adam Chodzko, artist, Adam Corner, Climate Outreach, Chris Johnson, Director, Shambala Festival, Isobel Tarr, Curator, HighWaterline, David Cross, artist, Cornford and Cross.
Chair: Alice Sharp, Curator and Director, Invisible Dust.

Watch here: To what extent does the media help us to understand and act on climate change?

As part of Invisible Dust’s ‘Deep Above’ project, two schools in Bristol engaged in a debate discussing the media and climate change. The event was chaired by Isobel Tarr, from HighWaterline Bristol.

You can listen to full versions of each podcast on the Invisible Dust website

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