Recounting Lore 2024, single channel film, 5min30sec

Recounting Lore captures the act of reading David Wallace-Wells' "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" to an unconventional audience of macaques and monarchs in Indonesia. The work visually manifests the absurdity and gravity of communicating human-induced climate shifts to non-human listeners, reflecting on the surreal intersection of environmental crises and tourist-driven spectacle in a fragile natural paradise. By employing the filmic device of subtitles, Valender alters and rewrites Wallace-Wells’ words to create a fictional dialogue between species. 

Director of Photography: Dr D
May 2024