The Lonely Age is a hybrid film/video/performance project about seeds and the hope that they offer in an ecologically ravaged world.
It is set in a dystopian near future that is not so different from the world in which we live today — a world in which mythology and the news feel interchangeable, bio-corporations have privatized all agricultural information, and the air and ocean have become utterly toxic. People begin to hear rumors of magical seeds that have washed up on the shores of California. The seeds are rumored to have curative properties, but they are also rumored to be sentient — capable of thinking, speaking, communicating. How do people desperate for salvation negotiate the terms of their survival, and is there any possibility for us to engage in non-exploitative behavior, especially considering the capitalistic systems within which we have been indoctrinated? Is it possible for us to escape our own conditioning?
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 which 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.