Private Project

The Gaia Consequence

The story chronicles the metamorphosis of a snail as metaphor for our existence: our relationship with the natural world. It is an experimental film; introducing the genre of Conceptual Journalism. It is part of a multi-media installation composed of video, painting, drawings, models and sculpture called: The Gaia Consequence. Based on the concept of Voyager One and Carl Sagan's golden record. The work captures an abstract snapshot of human civilization by recording the story of the sea creature's transformation.

  • Allan Packer
  • Grant Gelinas
  • Grant Gelinas
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    16,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    35 mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Philip Bareiss Gallery
    Taos, New Mexico
    United States
    December 29, 2018
Director Biography - Allan Packer

Allan Packer (b. 1956) is a Canadian artist who lives and works in Taos, New Mexico. He is known for his painted, shaped canvases, often motorized in kinetic motion. As master printer for Dorset Fine Arts, Nunavut, Canada he produced prints for Kananginak, Pitseolak and Pudlo Pudlat. He studied with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. Packer has received several awards including Canada Council grants, an Artist Trust fellowship (2004) and project grants as well as a USA Artists project grant (2012) and a 4 Culture special projects grant (2009).
His residencies include the Pilchuck Glass School, The International Studio and Curatorial Program, NYC, Kohler Arts/Industry, Banff Centre for the Arts and The Wurlitzer Foundation.
Packer exhibits internationally and is represented in a host of public and private
Collections including the Denver Art Museum and Les Abbatoirs, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Toulouse, France.
Packer’s work is characterized by the continuous displacement and use of diverse media and materials. He utilizes historical and scientific references, Hollywood popular culture, stagecraft and the toy industry as a conceptual base in his approach to multi-medium sculpture, painting and installation.

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Director Statement

This video is a collaboration with veteran Canadian journalist Grant Gelinas. Gelinas worked most recently for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he garnered many awards for his investigative reporting and short documentaries. In 2011, his two stories about corruption in politics and the justice system won awards for both radio and television from the Canadian Association of Journalist’s. His investigation into Canada’s flawed sexual consent laws won the 1998 RTNDA National award for best long investigation, a story that helped change the laws. He received two Gabriel Awards in 2007, for his documentary about a village of widows who survived the Rwandan genocide. The story helped attract international attention to efforts to help them rebuild their lives.