Private Project

Media Samples

Short clips from two of my video works:

1) The Burning Room 2019 6:14 minutes

A short experimental art film whose theme is the annihilation of human life in the ongoing ecological disasters caused by climate change. The film is not a documentary, but a metaphorical imagining of a barren future in flames, a "Hot House Earth" coming closer to the condition of Venus. It begins with a short panorama of clouds and trees into which a small flame drops, starting a fire. Projected on a backdrop of dreamlike forest is a children's birthday party, onto which an inferno and tsunami build, eventually obliterating everything but a smoking treescape. The children laugh and play, unaware of the catastrophe about to consume them.

2) Eat (an allegory) 2019 7:54 minutes

Eat (an allegory) began with a vision of travel through the bardo states, a series of Tibetan afterlives through which each soul will pass on their way to eventual reincarnation. Parts of the Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, describe the besetting of the soul during this process by a cacophony of wrathful grotesque demonic hordes. The soul is urged not to turn tail and run but to face these demons and understand that they are simply karmic manifestations of his own actions.

While the dead soul goes through successive bardo stages of consciousness in the progress towards liberation, we could also see existence on this earth for many as a bardo condition of suffering, wrenching cries, and ghastly images, a death zone for humans and animals alike, the latter snuffed into extinction at an unprecedented rate, which our capitalistic overlords have created. Eat (an allegory) visualises a bardo universe of consumption, creatures feasting on one another, that becomes increasingly absurd, cacophonous, and chaotic, an allegory of our increasingly deranged way of life.

  • Lisa MacLean
  • Lisa MacLean
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    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2019
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Director - Lisa MacLean