The Lonely Age is a hybrid film/video/performance project anchored in a world in which mythology and the news feel interchangeable, bio-corporations have privatized all agricultural information, and material entanglements are rampant. The stills shown above are from Part I, which first screened at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in May 2019. This work is intended as a trilogy of short films.

The term “the lonely age” originates from naturalist E. O Wilson’s coinage of the term Eremocine — the age of loneliness — to describe the enormous loss of our planet’s biodiversity as a consequence of ecological plunder, petrochemical industry and agricultural monoculture. A few of the major questions driving this project are rooted in the very serious question of the terms of survival, how we can collectively develop new visual and verbal language around “climate apocalypse”, and whether or not our current environmental crisis can push us to imagine a new “commons” and more equitable ways of living and relating to one another.