David Suzuki, Douglas Coupland, Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Annabel Soutar, and Mirko Zardini present their work around questions of our attitudes toward nature, and nature’s possible attitudes toward us.
Annabel Soutar is a playwright and the author of such works as Seeds (2013) and The Watershed (2015). In this short documentary play, she sits down to dinner with her family.
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is a landscape architect whose works include the National Gallery of Canada, the Northwest Territories Legislative Building, and the VanDusen Botanical Garden. In this episode, she shares her vision of the Canadian Arctic.
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a founder of Indigenous Climate Action, an indigenous rights advocate, and a representative of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Treaty 8 of Northern Alberta. In this talk, she exposes the predatory logic of Western economic and political ideologies.
Douglas Coupland is a prolific artist and author. His most recent works include the exhibition and book BitRot (2015–2016), as well as Slogans for the Twenty-First Century (2011–2016) and The Ice Storm (2014), on view in It’s All Happening So Fast. He reads a commentary of his essay “Black Goo, 1973.”
David Suzuki is a leading environmentalist and has hosted the television series The Nature of Things since 1979. His Blue Dot Campaign aims to change the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include environmental rights. He concludes the Hostile/Docile series with a call to action.
This live taping was hosted by the CCA’s Lev Bratishenko to open the exhibition It’s All Happening So Fast: A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment, which looks at Canada as an exemplary case study in the history of “progress” and changing ideas of our relationships with the natural environment.