Have you ever considered coral reefs as a metaphor for community living? Have you ever thought that the world beneath the sea can pose as an example to deal with above the sea surface problems such as climate change?
Add to it, how about having a trans-media experience taking you deep into the mysterious underwater world of the oceans, using dome cinema technology.
‘Coral: Rekindling Venus’ with fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures and rare marine life — a world of complex community threatened by climate change gives you all this and more.
The film by Lynette Wallworth, an Australian artist, coincides with the transit of Venus. It was in the early 1700s that Halley imagined the importance of the study of transit of Venus, which was to take place after his lifetime. He had written down for future scientists and years later, when the event occurred in 1760s, harshest enemy countries cooperated in allowing the joint study.
“I love this story of 1760s because someone imagined that it might be possible to cooperate to achieve an outcome that had no financial benefits.
Coral reefs are communities with many species living in dense populations often in symbiotic relationship with another. This communal aspect is important and the imperative to develop a global communal response to current challenges of climate change,” she told HT in an email interview.
Wallworth said she did not accompany photographers under water but interacted closely with each one of them. As much as 75% footage of the film has come from renowned cinematographer Dave Hannan.
The film is aimed at giving a 3D dome experience of under-sea life and coral reefs. The Australian High Commission said it hopes that everyone, especially children, will not just enjoy the film but also learn a great deal.
A spokesperson of the High Commission said, “The underlying theme of the film is environmental protection and conservation of the world’s fragile ecosystems, including coral reefs. The workshops and activities around the film aim to generate awareness.”
Wallworth said they chose this project because it is trying to support sustainable livelihoods of those people who are living near the reef, whilst developing community-based means of supporting and sustaining the reef itself."As with corals, diversity is a key to survival. I think that the very things that the Indian population knows about survival, resilience and priorities should be part of the current global discussion," she added.