Factory Fifteen, a UK-based film and animation studio, led by directors Jonathan Gales, Paul Nicholls, and Kibwe Tavares, just released Gamma, a documentary shot in Chernobyl (Ukraine) and Baikonur (Kazakhstan), in the framework of Unknown Fields 2011, a project led by Unknown Fields, a nomadic studio co-founded by Liam Young and Kate Davies who organized a visiting programm in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Baikonur Cosmodrome, last summer, 2011.
Unknown Fields, as presented by Liam Young and Kate Davies, will set off on an annual expedition to the ends of the earth exploring forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and obsolete ecologies.
Each year, the studio calls for participation to invite participants to visit a different global cross-section with the aim at mapping the complex and contradictory realities of the present as a site of strange and extraordinary futures.
Last winter (Winter 2011) was a road trip in Alaska with the Division, on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. There, a community of climate scientists and Eskimos survey a changing landscape where supercomputers and ancient knowledge meet. Here, you will see the pictures of this road trip.
A trip is scheduled this summer, with the support of AA School, London. This will not be Ukraine and Kazakhstan, but the United States, specifically, a road trip to chronicle a series of extraterrestrial encounters from the borderlands, black sites, military outposts and folkloric landscapes of the United States. Consequently if you have nowhere to go, and nothing to do this year, sign up now to join the division this summer (Monday 20 August - Saturday 1 September 2012).
Suggested magazine: Icon #105, which cover story is "Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone."
And this project is fantastic. So is this video titled Gamma including in this post. Indeed, Gamma depicts a future in which numerous zones of the earth needs to be deradiated after a decade of nuclear war. I warmly recommend the read of The Funambulist/Léopold Lambert's analysis of Gamma on his website where I found the video. It is a short, though, well-analyzed text. According to The Funambulist, this kind of public health operations are achived by private actors, here a company called Gamma which developed a type of roots that would absorb radioactivity.
Suggested article and source: Gamma by Factory Fisteen (in Chernobyl and Baikonur) | The Funambulist
Credit video: GAMMA from Factory Fifteen on Vimeo.
Directed by Factory Fifteen in association with Unknown Fields
Martin Ashley Jones
The Unknown Fields Division 2011
Monologue written by Courttia Newland
D.O.P: Jonathan Gales
Advert: Chris Lees
Advert Voice over: George MacPherson
Sound Design: Tom Hobson
End track: Worriedaboutsatan 'Heart Monitor' — Her.Eyes.Like.Static remix
Filmed in the Ukraine and Kazakhstan with the Unknown Field Division