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‘Deep Above’ toured in 2016, it was shown at Shambala Festival in August and was screened at the Manchester Science Festival October 22nd – Images from this screening are in the gallery at the bottom of the page.
‘Background to Deep Above’
What is the psychological gap where we understand that climate change occurs yet remain paralysed from taking action?
We appreciate, intellectually, its potentially devastating impact on our planet and yet simultaneously we distance ourselves from feeling this danger, diverting our belief into fantasies that somehow, individually, we are impervious!
Chodzko uses moving image and sound to explore, short-circuit and abstract our slippery self-deceptions regarding climate change. Exploring the zones between the rational and irrational, and mind and body, whilst adopting the languages of meditation, hypnosis and ‘self help’ he addresses the behavioural psychology analysed in George Marshall’s brilliant book Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.
With world focus on the imminent UN Climate Change Conference in Paris ‘Deep Above’ attempts, through art, to loosen our mental blocks about environmental catastrophe.
‘Deep Above’ was advised by Dr Adam Harris UCL and Prof. Paul Wilkinson London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and commissioned by Invisible Dust and produced in association with Watershed and Shambala Festival and was funded by an Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust. It was part of the Bristol European Green Capital and Bristol Festival of Ideas.
‘Deep Above’ was commissioned by Invisible Dust, advised by Dr Adam Harris, lecturer in Experimental Psychology, University College London, produced in association with Watershed and Shambala Festival and was funded by the Wellcome Trust.
The release of ‘Deep Above’ in 2015 was accompanied by two special panels of artists, academics and scientists on climate change.
For podcasts and video of these accompanying debates, see our blog.