"It is nice to discuss... a film that concerns the ways that humans negotiate a relationship with the planet. In a literal sense, this planet that we call Earth (a lovely word) is our spaceship. It sustains and protects us from the cold and dark of multiverses that we are not yet capable of understanding. This core truth informs everything I make, but the explicitness of my articulations of these concerns/beliefs in “Song for Earth and Folk” rather surprised me!
This film emerged out of a process outside of my usual methods. The Chicago Film Archive invited me to make a found-footage film and I was paired with a local Chicago band, which was commissioned to make the sound track. The archive is on a rescue mission, they collect any Chicago-made celluloid films, home movies, industrial films, documentaries, experimental films, you name it. I decided to narrow the search based on images that I would simply enjoy looking at: flowers, outerspace, “Africa”, birds, and bicycles." - Gumbs, Alexis Pauline “Cauleen Smith: Song for Earth and Folk.” Vdrome
TABLEAU I SPY:
SONG FOR EARTH AND FOLK. Episode 8 of #shutinfilmfestival
A blues meditation on a doomed relationship. #chicagofilmarchives #theeternals
(Cauleen Smith's Instagram 6 April)
Samuel R. Delany, "Dhalgren", 1974
*This title was handpicked for The Whitney Museum Shop by artist Cauleen Smith as part of her Human 3.0 Reading List as well as the 'Firespitters' series. Her hope is this book assortment comforts and invigorates the viewer as it did her. Click here to buy!
ADDITIONAL READING (PDF)
Aurora Levins Morales, "Ecology is Everything and bigger is better" from Medicine Stories: Essays for Radicals, 2019 (PDF)