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Animating the AMS Nest : Night Light Cho, Emily 2017-08-28

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 UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Student ReportAnimating the AMS Nest: Night LightEmily ChoUniversity of British Columbia VOL 400August 28, 201717232449 Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS Program provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or a SEEDS team representative about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report”.      Emily Cho Night Light, 2017 Digital Illustration on vinyl 10.3’ x 7’     Night Light, 2017.   The Industrial Revolution began in Europe in what would over the next two hundred years become the modern world. While it was a time of great technological innovation, it also drove the world into a downward spiral of negative environmental impacts. Great swaths of Europe’s forests were cut down to fuel the machines and factories, as well as to make way for urban sprawl as populations soared and towns grew into thriving metropolises. The will-o’-the-wisp is a being present in much of European folklore, whose inviting lights would lead travelers off the safe paths and into the forests. The trees in this painting rise to form into the tops of skyscrapers, where the glow of the wisps is echoed by the white windows that down out the stars. The only lights in the sky are the bright moon and the red glow of airplanes far above. Those that live in urban centres are separated from the earth by steel and concrete jungles, while we breathe in the polluted air and look away from the smog-filled skies. Are the great advancements made through technology worth the destruction of the natural world’s beauty and resources? Perhaps humanity needs to follow the will-o’-the-wisps back into the forests, to reconnect with the past that has been chopped down and near-forgotten, lest they are gone forever.   Emily Cho is an environmentally-minded artist fascinated with legends from around the world. She seeks to remind people of the past by bringing these stories into the present through art. To connect viewers to the creatures of folklore, a small girl wanders through the vastness of the space who embodies or interacts with the supernatural beings. She exists in a moment between life and death, always present yet outside the boundaries of time and space.    


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