Premiere and discussion
Join artist Adam Chodzko, shortlisted for The Jarman Award 2015, for the premiere of Deep Above.
Deep Above explores the psychological gap in our relationship to climate change; we recognise its occurrence yet we are paralysed from taking immediate action to avoid its terrifying consequences. We know climate change is happening; we experience extreme weather conditions and observe the data, imagery and analysis as evidence, and ‘everyone’ seems to be talking about it. We appreciate, intellectually, its potentially devastating impact on our planet and yet simultaneously we distance ourselves from feeling this danger, diverting our belief into fantasies that somehow, individually, we are impervious.
Adam Chodzko uses moving image and sound to explore, short-circuit and abstract our 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 book Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.
Following the screening, Adam Chodzko will be in conversation with psychoanalyst Sally Weintrobe and Alice Sharp, Curator and Director of Invisible Dust.
Deep Above is commissioned by Invisible Dust, advised by Dr Adam Harris, University College London, produced in association with Watershed and Shambala Festival and funded by the Wellcome Trust. Presented in partnership with Watershed as part of Bristol Green Capital.