Becoming Animal film

Dataset

Description

Audiovisual file for the film Becoming Animal.

Abstract

An inspired collaboration between filmmakers Emma Davie (I Am Breathing) and Peter Mettler (The End of Time) and radical writer and philosopher David Abram (The Spell of the Sensuous), Becoming Animal is an urgent and immersive audiovisual quest, forging a path into the places where humans and other animals meet, where we pry open our senses to witness the so-called natural world—which in turn witnesses us, prompting us to reflect on the very essence of what it means to inhabit our animal bodies.

Shot in and around Grand Teton National Park, with its dizzying diversity of wildlife, trails of curious humans in RV’s and billion-year-old geology, the film is a geyser of provocative ideas and heightened sensations related to the sublime circuitry that connects us to our ever-shifting surroundings. A snail’s body becomes an immense landscape as the soundscape immerses us in shivering leaves, rushing rivers and the weird spacey pitch of elk bugling at night. Becoming Animal embraces the sensory tools of cinema to trace how the written word and technology has affected how we see.

Driven by wonder, curiosity and a desire for balance between ecological and technological imperatives, Becoming Animal is an invitation to explore our relationship with this “more than human world” and recognise it for what it is: an exquisitely intricate system in which everything is alive and expressive, humans, animals and landscapes are inextricably interdependent, and there is no such thing as empty space.

Countries: Switzerland / UK
Year: 2018
Duration: 78min
Format: DCP / BluRay
Language: English
Production Companies: Maximage / SDI Productions Ltd

## Access ##
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Data Citation

Davie, Emma; Mettler, Peter "Becoming Animal film" (2019) Edinburgh DataVault https://doi.org/10.7488/6fee4875-894f-4613-a861-59d5e46d8598
Date made available2018
PublisherEdinburgh DataVault
Date of data production2018
  • Becoming Animal

    Davie, E., Mettler, P. & Day, R., Mar 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

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