Every year, Ithaca College is host to the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, FLEFF. It embraces and interrogates sustainability across all of its forms: economic, social, ecological, political, cultural, technological, and aesthetic. Now in its 20th year, this year’s new media exhibition associated with the festival is called INTERFACE/LANDSCAPE, which asks participants and visitors to consider our geographical era — the Anthropocene — when humans have become the top agent for climate change and environmental catastrophe.
Outmoded notions of progress and development have transformed humans from top predator over our fellow sentient beings to top predator for the future of planet’s survival.
The dichotomy between landscapes and interfaces is one that polarises. Landscapes evoke romance, interfaces evoke functionality. Landscapes conjure romantic notions of nature and ecology but more frequently today are manufactured. Interfaces mark boundaries between points of exchange between humans and machines but more frequently today are wireless.
The curators selected 14 projects across a wide range of implementations that operate on this boundary. Kompl is the only mobile app that’s included in the list. Check out the full list of participants.
This year’s winner is a gorgeous interactive documentary on Lahore. Read up on the curators’ take here. Also check out the disturbing Landscapes of Absence (curators’ overview here), the still fascinating Report a Problem (curators’ overview here) and one of Ben Grosser‘s projects, who’s projects are always worth to watch, Tracing You (curators’ overview here).
All projects are available online.