Liam Young (Australia, 1979)
lives and works in Los Angeles, USA and internationally
To reach current climate targets, slashing future emissions alone cannot be relied upon. The capacity to remove existing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it underground at gigatonne scales must be developed. The ‘great endeavor’ to capture all this carbon will involve the construction of the largest engineering project in human history, and the development of a new infrastructure equivalent in size to that of the entire global fossil fuel industry.
The Great Endeavor approaches this challenge with radical optimism, collaborating with a network of scientists and technologists to create a short film for Venice that captures the design, construction, and drama of what it might look like to build this infrastructural imaginary. Featuring workwear created in collaboration with costume designer Ane Crabtree and set to the score of a new song composed by vocalist Lyra Pramuk, the film captures millions of people on the construction site, in coordinated action to decolonise the atmosphere in our last great act of planetary transformation.
Partizan Entertainment (Producer), Pegah Farahmand (Executive Producer, Partizan), Lisa Cadwallader and Rickey Welch (Executive Producers, WaterBear Network), Alexey Marfin (VFX Supervisor), Lyra Pramuk (Original Score), Ane Crabtree (Costume Designer), Hae Min Yun (Tailor), Attilio Bonelli (Matte Painter), Andrew Hu (Environment Artist), Neasden Control Center (Graphics), Holly Jean Buck and David Goldberg (Science Consultants), Jessie Saville (Impact Producer, WaterBear Network), Jolien Walhof (Impact Marketing Lead, WaterBear Network)
With the additional support of
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, WaterBear Network in association with Resilient Foundation