Launch of AnthropoScene short film competition

Entries for the AnthropoScene short film competition will open on 1 June 2016.

The competition is organized by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) in partnership with the National Museum of Australia and LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, and is part of the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture (taking place in Canberra from 27–30 October).

The competition asks participants to explore the general subject of the new epoch of Anthropocene in a three- to four-minute short film.

In 2016 – the same year that AILA celebrates its 50th anniversary – the International Commission on Stratigraphy is expected to formally announce the dawn of the Anthropocene Epoch: a new geological period defined by how the earth’s systems are now essentially determined by human activity. Now that nature is no longer ever-providing and has become something we are creating, the landscape of the Anthropocene is a cultural landscape and therefore a question of design.

Entrants can shoot their films on mobile phones or any other device and the judges will preselect six finalists for public screening at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on 27 October. There is also $10,000 in prize money to be won.

The international jury includes:

Richard Weller: Chair of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Paul Carter: Author and Artist, RMIT, Melbourne

Liam Young: Architect + Futurist, London

Silvia Benedito: Landscape Architecture + Media, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge

Aroussiak Gabrielian: Landscape Architecture + Media, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Tatum Hands: Editor in Chief, LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Kirsten Wehner: visual anthropologist and head curator, National Museum of Australia

The competition closes on 1 August 2016.

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