The Earth Remains documentary installation

Screening Room B-04, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven  (in the basement of the Humanities Center)

The Earth Remains is an 11 minute 3-screen documentary installation which can be viewed at any time during the following hours:  

Thursday, June 6th from 7:00pm until 10:00pm

Friday, June 7th from 12:00pm until 9:00pm

Saturday, June 8th from 12:30pm until 7:30pm

The Earth Remains (Derek Taylor, 2018) 11min

The Earth Remains is a study in solitude and a work of expanded cinema consisting of three screens of projected imagery exploring a series of optical and geological collisions as they relate to the landscape of the American West/Southwest. This experimental documentary is inspired by the memoir of German geologist Hans Cloos (Conversation with the Earth, 1953), whose lifelong passion was the investigation of the Earth’s crust, and who traveled on a pilgrimage to the American West/Southwest in 1927. Edward Abbey, an American conservationist, was aligned with Cloos in expressing similar views about the landscape of the American West/Southwest, but with a more radical bent, in his book Desert Solitaire, 1968. Although several decades separate the works of Cloos and Abbey, the film juxtaposes these seemingly different geological philosophers. Filmed in California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, the film explores the natural geological movements and collisions that brought about the formation of this historic landscape as well as the unnatural, manufactured movements and collisions evident in the current landscape of the American West/Southwest. The spectator is encouraged to view the three-screen projection from the very center of the screen arrangement. In the projection, the middle screen consists of vistas, or the traditional representations of landscape depicted in paintings and photographs. The left screen consists of natural collisions, or natural movements of the landscape untouched by human activity, while the right screen consists human collisions, or intrusions of humankind on the natural landscape.

Derek Taylor will be in attendance on Thursday, June 6th from 7:00pm until 9:00pm, on Friday, June 7th from 4:00pm until 5:00pm, and on Saturday, June 8th from 12:30pm until 1:00pm.

Derek Taylor’s moving image work focuses on the intersection of documentary and experimental filmmaking, particularly as it relates to history and landscape. He maintains a very defined interest in the hybridization of both these styles of filmmaking, and a clear focus on the investigation of both the ephemeral and the permanent in the human experience. His work has been screened at a number of festivals both nationally and internationally. He studied film, video and new media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently Associate Professor of Communication, Media & Screen Studies at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.