Anthropocene Museum Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario & National Gallery of Canada

ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch in Select Canadian Theatres




(n) The proposed current geological epoch, in which humans are the primary cause of permanent planetary change.

We have reached an unprecedented moment in planetary history. Humans now arguably change the Earth and its processes more than all other natural forces combined. Climate change, extinctions, invasive species, technofossils, anthroturbation, terraforming of land, and redirection of water are all part of the indelible human signature.

The Anthropocene Project is a multidisciplinary body of work from world-renowned collaborators Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal. Combining art, film, virtual reality, augmented reality, and scientific research, the project investigates human influence on the state, dynamic and future of the Earth.






A review of documentary film Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

November 14, 2018

By Suresh Nellikode | MeriNews We’re living, living precariously, sometimes, hopelessly too! The stunning images and shocking ironies in connection with human inflicted realities make this documentary film, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, a memorable one. A beautiful film with unbelievable examples of human greed without any concerns of life the posterity is going to face. The overweening and…

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The Art Gallery of Ontario puts human destruction on display and calls for change

November 14, 2018

By Fatima Syed | National Observer When you first walk into the Anthropocene exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, you stop to watch a man with mismatched boots trudging slowly over a 50-year-old landfill just outside Nairobi, Kenya that was declared full in 2001 and shut down. You watch the man walk through what looks…

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Edward Burtynsky – An earthen canvas.

November 13, 2018

By Deirdre Kelly | Nuvo Magazine Edward Burtynsky has made his name standing behind the lens. But today he is out front and in focus as the man who would save us from ourselves. It’s mid-morning at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and as the Canadian master photographer strolls through The Anthropocene Project, the acclaimed multidisciplinary exhibition combining…

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Art and the Environment: Museums Adjust to a New Climate

November 9, 2018

By Greg Morrison | Sotheby’s Museum Network “We cannot take action together on something we don’t discuss,” says Miranda Massie, director of New York’s Climate Museum. She’s referring to the fact that although 65% of Americans purport to be anxious about climate change, only about 5% speak about it. Her institution, founded in 2015, is working…

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Edward Burtynsky & The Big Picture

November 7, 2018

By Holly Hughes | PDNOnline Edward Burtynsky thinks big. Since the 1980s, he has been making large-format images of the extraction and exploitation of natural resources and the impact of these vast operations on the environment. His latest project is his most ambitious to date. In two exhibitions on view now at the National Gallery of Canada in Toronto…

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The Visual Language of Documentary Film: In Conversation with Jennifer Baichwal

November 5, 2018

By Amy Anderson | BeatRoute Canadian filmmaking trio Jennifer Baichwal, Nick de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky recently completed a trilogy of films that chronicle human impact upon the planet. Their most recent film, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, identifies a new era in which human influence is the most dominate factor determining the Earth’s form. The…

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PODCAST: Ep. 3 – Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

November 1, 2018

TVO Podcasts “There’s no black and white here… there’s no easy answer to this dilemma we find ourselves in of tipping the Earth outside its natural limits.” — Jennifer Baichwal The team behind Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark is back with a new film that explores the ways human activity has fundamentally changed the planet. Colin sat down with filmmakers…

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Review – Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

October 31, 2018

By Gideon Forman | Alternatives Journal To watch Anthropocene is to be saddened and overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by our remaking of the Earth’s surface through extractive industries; by the destruction of living creatures on land and at sea; and by the injury inflicted on humans, especially the poor, as they participate in these processes. Earlier societies harnessed and harmed…

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Landmark Moment: We have our own geologic period. But it’s nothing to be proud of

October 25, 2018

By Jorge Ignacio Castillo | Planet S Magazine   Anthropocene: The Human Epoch Roxy Theatre Opens Friday 26 Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is more than a film. It’s part of a larger project that includes art exhibitions, virtual and augmented reality, a coffee table book with photographs and essays by filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicolas de…

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The Artist Capturing How Industry is Transforming the Natural World

October 17, 2018

By Alexander Hawkins | AnOther Magazine “Beauty” is not a word Edward Burtynsky wants associated with his large-format photographs of breathtaking industrial landscapes. Nevertheless, the Canadian photographer has been accused of aestheticising disaster. For almost 40 years, Burtynsky’s unsettling work has taken a bird’s-eye-view on how industry is spectacularly transforming nature, and our world. His interest, he insists,…

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