HOLOSCENES / Little Boxes

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"How can we feel climate change in our gut?" "While we have catalyzed climate change, can climate change in turn inspire an evolution in our awareness through space and time? Can we socially evolve as quickly as we have transformed our Earth?" *

These and other questions are explored by internationally-acclaimed artist Lars Jan/Early Morning Opera, immersive media artist/technologist Pablo N. Molina, and a team of scientists, engineers, and artists in the original live performance work HOLOSCENES.

HOLOSCENES / Little Boxes is a 6-minute art/science film based on the original HOLOSCENES and specially adapted for Science On a Sphere®. The film features exquisite visuals of performers carrying out everyday behaviors in human-sized glass aquariums as water gradually rises and falls. As they are submerged in water, their demeanor invites us to reflect on how humans often respond to information and change - how we continue to act “normally” in the face of what is occurring so clearly and quickly around us. The film inspires us to reflect on how we can take a step out of our habits and what we know - our daily rhythms within our “little boxes” - and consider our interconnectedness and how our personal decisions affect a global scale.

The film fuses together the cognitive tools of science (facts, analysis, charts, and graphs) with the affective tools of art (images, metaphors, and storytelling) and creates an engaging visual experience that dives into the social, emotional side of climate change.

HOLOSCENES / Little Boxes was made possible through a collaboration between EcoArts Connections and Science On a Sphere® (Boulder, CO) with funding received from the National Endowment for the Arts, 3P Biotechnologies, Inc., and the Boulder Arts Commission.

*HOLOSCENES / Printed Matter Newsprint

Suggestion: Consider incorporating this dataset into a presentation of other global change datasets to invite audiences to connect to the data on a different level.

Length of Dataset: 5:48

Notable Features

  • A scientifically responsible, arts-expressed film with visceral imagery, a succinct narrative, and global data that invites us to reflect on our relationship to our changing climate and rising levels of CO2.
  • Everyday behaviors are translated into a visual metaphor about the complex and connected relationship between our actions and ways of being in the Anthropocene and our ever-changing climate.