MULTIMEDIA: Can video art save our planet?
It’s the hottest topic in
the news at the moment – how can we be greener and more
environmentally friendly. The organisers of a new
international competition Convenient Truths have drummed up
almost US$30,000 in prizes – that’s over £15,000 – to be
awarded for videos that show an actionable, inspiring
solution to even part of the problem.
Do you have an idea for a video on how to save the planet?
It doesn’t have to be glossy, slick or have high production
values – it could be something you snap in 60 seconds on
your mobile phone camera as you cycle to the office, or a
comedy about the stinking pile of compost you’ve collected,
taken on your old VHS video camera that’s been sitting in
the cupboard since we all went digital.
The organisers of Convenient Truths were inspired by Al
Gore’s documentary on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth.
They say “An Inconvenient Truth presented a problem - we
want you to show us how to solve this problem”. Videos can
discuss anything to do with daily life including
transportation, home and garden, work, recreation, etc, and
the subsequent actions being taken to reduce one's carbon
footprint. To be eligible for the EPIC International Prize
you also need to address issues of conscious consumerism and
its relationship to global warming.
Any kind of action you're taking to lessen your own
greenhouse gas emissions can be worthy of a contest video.
The entries featured on the competition site already include
cartoons, a short documentary about students at an
Automotive High School converting a diesel car to run on
French fry grease from their cafeteria, a mockumentary
featuring two girls going “toxless” with household cleaning
products, gasmasks, and wearing little else, and a very
cheesy fictional story about a father and son keeping up
with the “Greens” next door.
The competition is supported by www.inspiredprotagonist.com.
Judges, who include David Suzuki and Daryl Hannah, are
looking for videos that are inspiring, pragmatic and
compelling, and between 1 and 2 minutes long. The medley of
sustainable prizes up for grabs includes eco trips to
Alaska, carbon footprint offsetting, and a range of
sustainable goodies, as well as the warm feelings that
result from being a "green" citizen of planet earth. Entries
must be received by 28 February 2007.