Wolfsonian Museum. April 11th, 2008. 7:00 p.m.
The theme of this series of documentaries at the Wolfsonian Museum is Searching for Security in an Insecure World. The featured film is Manufactured Landscapes (2006, 90 min). Shot in China, the film records photographer Edward Burtynsky’s process of creating large-scale photographs of nature transformed by industry. A discussion will follow the film.
Manufactured Landscapes is a striking documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes” – quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams – Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris.
The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.
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