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ReelEarth: Can Art Ease the Flooding of Venice?

Posted on 4/16/2019 12:00:00 AM in What We're Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

Can public art save Venice, and it’s priceless cultural heritage, from the floods of a rising sea? For the last five years, artist Andreco has created a series of sculptural installations and murals in the cities of Europe. Paris, Bari, and Bologna all feature his work. Every piece is place-informed—showcasing the specific vulnerabilities of each location to a changing climate. In Venice, where high winds this past October put three quarters of the city underwater, filmmakers Scott Sell and Alexis Iammarino introduce us to the artist and his work in a variety of settings.

Andreco is high on a ladder, carefully painting a Venitian building. We follow him into the National Research Council Institute of Marine Sciences where he gathers information for his geometric sculptures and graph-like murals. His art involves formulas, closely connected to data he has gathered in his surprising alternate profession as an engineer! How do Andreco’s two professions—and two ways of knowing—fit together? Andreco notes that formulas predict Venice will be underwater in 100 years. Could the consequence of his art suggest an alternate future? A complex character, amidst a beautiful—and challenged—city that you may already have visited yourself. Take this moment to revisit this very worthwhile ReelEarth film!

Directed by Alexis Iammarino and Scott Sell

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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