After Dark: Ecological Futures
There’s no question that humans are having a grave impact on our climate—or that artists, scientists, and advocates are reflecting on our changing world and building creative solutions. Tonight, look at that human impact through the meditative and immersive lens of artist Miwa Matreyek as she shares her kaleidoscopic, dreamlike multimedia performances Infinitely Yours (2019) and This World Made Itself (2013). Then, explore how thinkers in the realms of science, design, and technology are making unexpected and creative changes big and small to help slow our impact on the environment and encourage deeper understanding of and empathy for the natural world.
Image: "No Logo," from Infinitely Yours
By Miwa Matreyek
Immerse yourself in an emotional, dream-like meditation on climate catastrophe and the Anthropocene, this era in which humans have affected virtually every aspect of the world around us. Artist Miwa Matreyek is known for her multimedia performances in which layered projections interact with her shadow to create deeply emotional dreamscapes. In Infinitely Yours, she shape-shifts to experience human impact on the environment from various perspectives. Traversing landscapes overflowing with trash, joining a school of fish caught in a trawling net, or drawing in a sea of plastic, Miwa’s performance invites you to experience our changing world and reflect on what it might mean for life on this planet.
Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer, and performer based in Vancouver. Coming from a background in animation by way of collage, she creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette, at the intersection of cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and tangible, illusionistic, and physical.