[-empyre-] -empyre- September, 2015, Video: Behind and Beyond

Isak Berbic isak.berbic at stonybrook.edu
Tue Sep 15 15:25:26 AEST 2015

Tonight I would like to invite you to view a short video work titled *There,
before, *2014. A droning camera surveys landscape formations finding points
of depth on the surface of the image. A meteorite named Akaba, which fell
near Ma’an, Jordan in 1949, reveals the story. There, before opens with an
anecdote inspired by the proto-science fiction narrative, Awaj bin Anfaq
written by the thirteenth century thinker Zakariya Al-Qazwini, about a
being that came to earth from a distant planet. The film unfolds into a
contemplative sequence of associations and subjunctive fragments on
climate, resources, and geologic time in connection with the Anthropocene
age of human impact.

You can view the video here:

*There, before,* 2014
Digitized color film, computer-generated imagery
4K 60p video, with sound, color
Runtime: 13 minutes
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