When it comes to climate change there is an overwhelming representation of dystopian realities. Increasingly, our media supports this reality. Although it is important to inform the public and provide a realistic perception of the catastrophic effects of man-made climate change, focusing on these outcomes alone can lead to a feeling of overwhelming. This often results in a disengagement from the issue and a lack of hope. Without hope from a critical mass, we cannot expect to reverse the negative effects of Climate Change. I intend to create a major artistic project to activate hope – Terra Sapiens.
Damian Siqueiros launches his “art for environmental regeneration” vision with thought-provoking artistic representations of a viable future that nurtures symbiotic Natural, Human, Collaborative and Developmental environments. In Collaboration with entertainment for impact firm, LembasWorks, the project debuts with community activating audio visual creations featuring the Terra Sapiens Collective.
Terra Sapiens’ philosophy offers a living, breathing collective organism that makes up the entity of the Earth, impacting one another in a cyclical effect. Universal principles to connect and heal natural and human habitats are expressed in ‘Homo Naturans. They create empathic pathways for dialogues on responsible innovation and development with a curation of diverse thinkers for impact in ‘Inception’. The current ideological oppositions between culture and nature are reimagined as positive representations of a harmonious collaboration in the “Rewilding Room”. At the core of the project, environmental soundscapes and eco responsible spatial designs, as in “the Forest of Regeneration”, showcase purposeful depictions of this global ideological conversation.
David Grinspoon, Planetary Science Institute, Author of “ Earth in Human Hands”
Elena M. Bennett, EWR Steacie Fellow (2017-2019), Associate Professor Natural Resource Sciences and McGill School of Environment
Mariane Falardeau-Coté, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
Dr. Karina Benessaiah, Banting postdoctoral fellow, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, Ph.D, Canada Key Biodiversity Areas Coordinator / Coordonnatrice Zones Clés pour la Biodiversité
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
Hannah and the wolf is a dance film for the young public that explores humanity’s relationship with nature through the personal journey of a young girl named Hannah and her relationship with a wolf. The characters are symbolic representations of culture and nature, which at first are at odds but at the end they become one, pointing out a clear path in which the only salvation for humanity is to acknowledge nature’s wisdom.
Hannah and the Wolf is our first iteration of the Terra Sapiens project created for the young public to learn about complex social and ecological issues such as gender equity and creating symbiotic relationships with nature that grant her intrinsic value rather than an instrumental one.
The story line, the imagery and the soundscapes of the film where created by incorporating influences from all over the world, from The Little Red Riding Hood to Princess Mononoke, from local birds to Tibetan bowls, in order to create a sense of global harmony and cooperation that also was reflected in the composition of the Terra Sapiens team.
The Terra Sapiens project is crafted in a way that allows me to create different projects under the same concept. Think of the Lord of the Rings saga in which a whole world is created that allowed Tolkien to explore different themes within the same universe. In the line of the ideas of Yuval Harari and Juan Enriquez, who speak about the Homo Deus and the Homo Evolutis, the next generations of humans, I have decided to imagine the Homo Naturans. The concept of Homo Naturans allows me to explore questions about the future of our species beyond the dire consequences of climate change. I can ask questions about how will the humans of the future will look like considering DNA modification and the use of enhancing prosthetics.
Homo Naturans is a race of humans that have evolved to have more empathy for its environment and its community. It has developed a symbiotic relationship with nature that has trumped the shortsighted vision of depletion without renovation and innovation.
Homo Naturans 360
Invited by visionary photographer Eric Paré to work with his Xangle technology we decided to experiment and create a series of 360° bullet photography. This project will give me the opportunity to introduce an early version of my characters to the public. The Homo Naturans 360 photography project will be a first attempt to give a face to this harmonious species inspired by the texts of scientific philosophers and historians that dare to foresee centuries ahead.
Credits Behind the Scenes video (above)
Damian Siqueiros Photographer and Art Director.
Explorers (Dancers): Claudia Chan Tak: Forest Explorer. Hamilton Nieh: Ocean Explorer, Alisia Pobega: Sky Explorer. Vanesa Garcia-Montoya: Desert Explorer
Behind the scenes video created by Guillermo Castellanos.
Production Team: Laurence Gagnon: Set design, Armando Lopez Bircann: Costume and accessory design. Stephane Coté: Make-up artist. Assistants: Mateo H. Casis. Jonathan Golino: Videographer.
Tech team: Christian Dion, Laurent Siroën, Matthias Thomas Lamotte, Valentin Lecorps, Andrés de la Rosa.
Documentary crew for Terra Sapiens project: Ashley Gilmore and Max Machado
Homo Naturans in still photography
These are the first still images, created in collaboration with dancer Mike Tyus, that represent the Homo Naturans through photography. The images will be altered to add CGI elements that speak about solutions for the current environmental and social issues we confront as a society.
Designer Neri Oxam: Design at the intersection of technology and Biology
Juan Enriquez: The next species of humans
Author Yuval Harari: Homo Deus