XploreTV night #1: Manufactured Landscapes

18:00 – Thursday – 20/9/07 @ Explore Lab

So this is the general concept:
the idea is to simulate the ‘going-to-the-movies’ experience, so first grab a beer at the bouwpub, open from 16:00 on thursday.
than you’re all happy by 18:00, some food can be ordered, the pre-feature program begins, which consist of short videos, clips, etc each with a duration of a few minutes, to no more than 15 min. (this is where you come in)
when the food arrives, we start the Feature. The feature is a film or documentary. The first night this will be ‘Manufactured Landscaped’

18:00 pre-feature program (please send me your youtube links, video titles, etc…)
18:30 (about) start feature: Manufactured Landscape

Then for the rest of the XploreTV series please send me your proposals, and note if you have the film yourself or not. Then I can make a program for the year.

then here some info on the XploreTV night #1 feauture

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is a feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky makes large-scale photographs of ‘manufactured landscapes’ – quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. He photographs civilization’s materials and debris, but in a way people describe as “stunning” or “beautiful,” and so raises all kinds of questions about ethics and aesthetics without trying to easily answer them.

The film follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country photographing the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. Sites such as the Three Gorges Dam, which is bigger by 50% than any other dam in the world and displaced over a million people, factory floors over a kilometre long, and the breathtaking scale of Shanghai’s urban renewal are subjects for his lens and our motion picture camera.

Shot in Super-16mm film, Manufactured Landscapes extends the narrative streams of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our profound impact on the planet and witness both the epicentres of industrial endeavour and the dumping grounds of its waste. What makes the photographs so powerful is his refusal in them to be didactic. We are all implicated here, they tell us: there are no easy answers. The film continues this approach of presenting complexity, without trying to reach simplistic judgements or reductive resolutions. In the process, it tries to shift our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it.

2006, Canada, 90 mins.



  1. especially interesting for you, I guess, Una…

  2. josdekrieger

    sounds really interesting to me aswell 🙂 is the dvd in your possession?

    Things I have we could show sometime:
    The Truth about Food
    PBS doc: design e2 (6 half an hour docs about sustainability)
    Der Lauf der Dinge (30 minutes)

  3. Una

    Yes, it is Edwin. I have seen it already. A very inspirational movie for me at the time. I recommend it for everyone though.

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