August 15, 2012
August 15, 2012
Arts in Action invites you to its inaugural Social Action Film Night @ Bella Union with a screening of The Last Survivor, a character-based documentary that presents the stories of genocide Survivors and their struggle to make sense of tragedy by working to educate, motivate and promulgate a civic response to mass atrocity crimes. Following the lives of survivors of four different genocides and mass atrocities – The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo – The Last Survivor presents a unique opportunity to learn from the lessons and mistakes of our past in order to have lasting social impact on how we act collectively in the face of similar issues today. BOOK ONLINE @ Bella Union
“Each Survivor’s story is one of triumph over trauma, and we hope that audiences respond to their courage and perseverance as much as we have. When we made the film, our objective was not to dwell on the tragedies of the past, but rather to understand how we can prevent atrocities in the future.” Michael Pertnoy, the film’s Co-Director
Having shot on location in five countries across four continents, the film asks its audience to consider genocide as an atrocity that has occurred on nearly every single continent and one that affects all of us as human beings. By presenting these stories of loss, survival, and hope side by side, the film highlights the commonalities these individuals share both as Survivors and, more broadly, as human beings.
“It is impossible not to be moved and inspired by what each of them has been able to accomplish despite the tragedies they have endured”
November 30, 2010 to December 6, 2010
Stephen Haley One Second (Plastic Water Bottles 5982) 2010
Lightjet photograph 2/5, 120 x 120cm
Wednesday 30 November 5.45 – 8.30pm Kaleide Theatre RMIT Zones of the Future: Dystopia or Utopia? Screening of the Russian science fiction masterpiece Stalker (1979), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Includes refreshments and panel discussion featuring curator Linda Williams with guests including Philip Brophy and Kenji Yanobe.
Friday 2 December 12 – 1pm RMIT Gallery – From Organic to Atomic. Curator Linda Williams in conversation with Lyndal Osborne and Kenji Yanobe
Tuesday 6 December 12-1pm RMIT Gallery – Painting the Future. Discussion with Sam Leach and Tony Lloyd
Bookings for all events essential Tel 9925 1717
What could a sustainable neighbourhood in Melbourne look like? How could we transform a number of our existing urban communities through design ‘interventions’? If we are to develop low-carbon resilient suburbs in Melbourne, we need to have some vision of what a desirable future living scenario is, and the changes we can make today to set us on a path there. These films are a glimpse of that potential future. The animated films are a culmination of four years’ worth of work by students and staff from Swinburne University, RMIT University, Monash University and the University of Melbourne, as well as from Melbourne design professionals. Each presents a different area of sustainable design innovation. These include new infrastructure schemes for water, food, energy and public transport, along with innovative design strategies for suburban development and new local employment opportunities.
In 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the northern Ukraine exploded. It allegedly released 100 times more nuclear debris than the Hiroshima bomb and was responsible for the deaths and illnesses of thousands of people. Today, the city of Pripyat, where the
powerplant workers lived, is a ghost town. Although completely deserted by humans, wild animals are settling there. Przewalski’s Horses, facing extinction in their native habitat in central Asia, now roam freely in this post-apocalyptic, post-human landscape.
Thater filmed in Pripyat, within the forbidden ‘alienation zone’, observing animals against the decomposing architecture.
Thater writes: ‘Chernobyl is falling into ruins, but still looks like a city; there are stores, apartment buildings, schools. Even though it’s deserted and falling apart, animals are moving into the city. On the one hand, you have a perfectly preserved Soviet city from
1970; on the other hand, this post-apocalyptic landscape where animals are living. Chernobyl represents the failure of a massive political system, a way of life, and of science. Yet nature continues to persist. Not because it wants or chooses to, but because it must.’ In addition to Chernobyl, we will be showing Thater’s installations Peonies (2011), Untitled Videowall (Butterflies) (2008), and Pink Daisies, Amber Room (2003).
Diana Thater is represented by 1301PE, Los Angeles, and Hauser and Wirth, London.