Coral Rekindling Venus Returns to American Museum of Natural History, 1/22-24
Coral: Rekindling Venus, a video installation created by Australian artist Lynette Wallworth that immerses viewers in the stunning underwater realm of fluorescent coral reefs and exotic sea creatures, returns by popular demand to the American Museum of Natural History on January 22-24 in collaboration with the Sundance Film Festival. As part of this limited engagement, Walworth will participate in a Q&A via Skype from Park City, Utah after the evening screening on Wednesday, January 23. Coral: Rekindling Venus is a selection of the Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier program, which showcases films, media installations, multimedia performances, and panel discussions that explore the convergence of film, art, new media technology, and storytelling.
This month's special presentations offer a rare second chance to enjoy Wallworth's beautiful exploration of coral ecosystems and their struggles to handle environmental stresses including rising ocean temperatures following Coral: Rekindling Venus's sold-out dome premiere engagement at the Museum on May 31, 2012 and showings throughout June. The premiere coincided with a rare celestialoccurrence: the transit of Venus, when the planet passes between the Earth and Sun. During the transit of Venus in 1761, scientists around the world worked together to measure the distance from the Earth to the Sun. Wallworth used Venus's transit last June as a similar rallying point for globAl Cooperation around this century's pressing issue: climate change.