Stills, Short-Film: CLIMATE JUSTICE WTF
CLIMATE JUSTICE WTF
Two-Screen Film Essay
Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism,
"Collective Cities" curated by Beth Hughes, 2019
The Courtauld Institute of Art (Conference: Art History in Climate Change), 2020
This film essay combines two spatial panoramas: the first assembles news film-clips of protests at the global UN climate summits over last ten years, and shows walk-outs and marches where representatives from the Global South demand climate reparations. “WTF?” and “Where is the Finance?” is one sentiment that reappears year-after-year, both inside the chambers and outside the convention halls. The second panorama excerpts live-court-footage of a recent youth climate-lawsuit in the US. Here, lawyers and judges debate legal frameworks and constitutional rights for intergenerational climate justice.
Unfolding over architectural photos of the United Nations headquarters in New York and the Supreme Court plaza in Washington DC, both panoramas artfully reposition forceful climate actions media clips on monumental sites. With the clips unraveling on buildings and in interior spaces, the panoramas assemble historic and recent climate actions audio-visual scripts. In this ten-year overview, the films additionally offer ways to assess the roles that world institutions and courts (can) play in delivering forms of climate justice.
Project credits: Kadambari Baxi (Project assistant: Eno Chen)