Timeless Fetish

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What place does narrative play in science? How do stories act as our framework to understanding complex processes?


Making this we piece chose images from educational documentaries which use the sensational filmmaking techniques of action and adventure films. Many contemporary educational documentaries give the viewer an external perspective on the entire planet. Treating the earth as subject. Humanity’s view of our planet dates from one specific photograph; 1968 ‘Earth Rise’, a photograph of planet Earth taken from another celestial body. Since this image, humanity has had a specific datum and means of visually understanding our confines.


In this work, planet earth is the main character in a coming of age story narrated by an “early life form” the video follows earth’s formation from a frozen astrological body to a furtive place, capable of supporting life. The objects; props from the film, are markers on the timeline of the story. They are visual poetic forms running in parallel with the text in the video expounding the fact that we can only perceive the past through our own personal reference points.


‘Timeless fetish’ draws parallels between the classical forms of authority and the influence of archetypal imagery, an image which through its framing and abundance is given authority.