The Increase – Lisa Stewart


‘‘The Increase’ is a 13­minute single channel video that explores anxieties and apathies toward current environmental concerns through an abstract fantasy narrative that borrows language from advertising, propaganda, documentary and educational video styles, re­ordering them with a new logic. The work places an original narrated story over reedited found VHS footage, with added text and original soundtrack. These multiple layers float the work between epochs into a fictional space where the past is used to reflect upon the present and speculate about the future. The narration drifts between clear cut information and absurd segues, painting a scattered puzzle of an impending doomsday scenario caused by the hypothetical event ‘the increase’. The work wades through a mire of pie charts, forecasts and media hype in search of explanation.

Lisa Stewart


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