Life of the Earth
- Artist: Director X
- Medium: Multimedia Installation
- Project Type: Special Projects
- Neighbourhood: Don Mills
Director X will return with his thought-provoking “Life of the Earth,” a follow-up to his monumental “Death of the Sun,” which wowed crowds at Nuit Blanche 2016.
Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Rd.
Special Event Entrance off Gateway Blvd. (back of building).
- Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
- Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors
- Content: Family friendly
- Schedule: The 12-minute installation “Death of the Sun” will play, followed by the 6-minute work “Life of the Earth.”
“Life of the Earth” will reflect on humanity, environmental destruction and the sixth mass extinction of plant and animal life currently happening on our planet. This installation will allow for time travel from Pangaea to the Anthropocene to an Earth 100,000 years beyond humankind. Along the way, it will illustrate drastic changes that have transformed the planet. The Earth will be seen as if from space—a key vantage point for illuminating a state of emergency and the urgency to mitigate human impact on climate change. This will be the second part of a series, following “Death of the Sun,” which premiered at Nuit Blanche in 2016. The earlier work followed the sun through its life cycle, offering a deeply personal and highly evocative meditation on human morality and our place in the universe. This first piece, portraying the death of the sun that sustains us, will also be on display. Despite best efforts, the free shuttle bus between Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Aga Khan Museum and Coxwell Station is no longer operating. All-night TTC services are available on Line 1, 2 and 3, helping audience explore the event.
Extended Project Details: The project will be on view from September 21, 2019 to January 5, 2020 with a ticketed admittance to the Ontario Science Centre.
Director X has directed videos for popular artists including Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Drake, as well as feature films. He marks his spot with grand narratives, graphic visuals and emotional storytelling that encapsulates the human condition. He has been working in the realm of monumental installation and contemporary art since 2016.
Created in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre. Thanks to their researchers Dr. Mary Jane Conboy, P.Geo and Karen Hager. Thanks to Lance Niño, Krista Palen, Martin Czachor and Coral Morphologic. Multimedia Research and Design: Simon Clemo / TACIT Media. CGI: Normal Studios, Montreal. Soundscape: Yan Dal Santo / Apollo Studios. Curators of "Death of The Sun" in 2016—Michael Prokopow and Janine Marchessault.