A Night Of Short Films and Live Music

Migrations des Anthropodes by Dominique Paul

Last Thursday, the Human Impacts Institute hosted a night of short films and live music at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of New York in Midtown Manhattan.

To kick off the night, we began with Sara Koppel’s “Seriously Deadly Silence,” followed by Yael Toren’s short film "Earth," Dominique Paul’s "Migrations des Anthropodes," Alejandra Corral de la Serna’s "Madrenatur," Denes Ruzsa’s "Snake," and Maxi Cohen’s short film "Niagara."

We then had the pleasure of discussing L.E.S.S. with Mechthild Schmidt Feist. She reminded us of the importance of conscious consumption. It is important not to point fingers at big corporations for their wastefulness when we do not take into account our own waste. To combat this, she has decluttered her life and set up an installation found in the Creative Climate Awards Exhibit, where she offers up one of her possessions in exchange for the promise that it replaces something else the viewer might have otherwise consumed.

Following the Q&A, “Oceans Eat Cities” was performed by Quartet: This Side Up from Face the Music, with the composer in attendance. After the performance, the composer Neil Rolnick described the inspiration for the piece, citing data pointing to the future of our planet, and how much of the land mass currently populated by cities will soon be under water. Members of the Quartet, who were music students, said they were inspired by the piece and love the message given in the “silence between the notes.”

Afterwards, Honeychild Coleman took the stage and played two songs, one of which was an original, “Rockaway Resilience.” Honeychild wrote the piece after Hurricane Sandy, determined to be ready next time a natural disaster of that magnitude hits. She has recently returned from taking this and other songs on her album to Europe on tour.

The night was filled with diverse and creative ways to make people think about climate change, and as the audience trickled out of the building, ice caps continue to melt, and weather patterns continue to be disrupted. But more and more people are becoming informed and concerned about what is happening to our planet, and are willing to take action to combat it.

Thanks to the Taipei Economic Cultural Office in NY and Global Crisis Information Network, Inc for supporting this year's Creative Climate Awards.

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