Are you concerned about your environmental impact? Do you dream of making positive environmental change in the world? Personally, I can answer an emphatic YES to both of these questions. This is why I greatly enjoy the pairing of Consider the Ant and TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui.
For a good dose of environmental guilt, look no further than Consider the Ant. Emily Fraser's short shows the viewer a self-portrait of a concerned human who likens our species to ants. Overpopulation is explored through science and religion, as Fraser ponders the big question: now what? If we want to do more to improve the planet, what does that look like?
According to Eugene Tssui, one of the boldest and most beautiful answers is found in architecture. TELOS tells us the bumpy architectural history of Tssui, whose designs have never quite fit in. One might argue that they fit into the landscape beautifully, which indeed they do, but architectural programs and neighborhoods often disagree. Making work so unusual is challenging for any artist, but for an architect in need of land, permits, and funding it can be downright frustrating. Tssui continues to do the work to make his designs a reality and hopes to someday build the TELOS building. His designs are bold, unusual, and environmentally sensible. They make an interesting solution when paired with the Consider the Ant short.
If you're like me and enjoy all things artistic and environmental, this is a pairing you won't want to miss during the Thin Line Fest! They are showing at 12 pm on February 22nd at the Campus Theater.