The Stuff Revolution

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Created for Mutek’s "Next Era" contest and premiered at the 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Audio and Visuals by Simon Alexander-Adams
Text and Narration by Scott Crandall
Videography by Zachary Zweifler

“The Stuff Revolution” is a meditation on materialism and consumerism, created to contemplate the Anthropocene – the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. The piece hints at a world flooded with stuff, no longer contained, and bursting into the open. It is both cautionary dystopian message, and call to awareness of our current environmental trajectory. The text is excerpted from Scott Crandall's “Visions for the End of the World,” an experimental performance piece that explores the idea of Armageddon through poetry, images and dance. The apocalyptic narration serves as the structure for the audiovisual composition, providing the scaffolding for undulating simulations of chemical reactions, flocks of particles streaking through melted pixels, and torrents of objects, spinning in whirlpools and devolving into a chaotic flood of "stuff."