with a screening of From Mull to Mars

A workshop investigating Cli-Fi
Hosted by: UNFIX Festival
Supported by: Creative Carbon Scotland
Location: The CCA, Glasgow
Special guests: Oliver Langmead, Rhys Williams 
Year: 2019

We are going to drift outwards, to the island. On the island we look for the Zone. You are drifting across quantities of swirling water, the wind carries you light through space and time.

Sunlight here has an altered quality. Oversized flowers sway out of sync with each other. Something vibrates in the grass and leaves, sound begins to soften. You start to melt into this pace of life…

This special edition of BIOSYSTEMS investigated the genre of Cli-Fi and its role in our ongoing struggle to comprehend climate chaos. Can experiencing the unfamiliar help to change the way humans act and relate to climate crisis? The workshop began with a screening of From Mull to Mars, a new A+E production, which questions our fixation on escapism and relationship with Earth. Rhys and Ollie talked through their work and its relevance to this genre, followed by the opportunity to suspend ‘human’ perceptions and enter the weird world of Cli-Fi. Does Cli-Fi encourage escapism or inspire ways of noticing the world around us?

The event was supported by Creative Carbon Scotland as a Green Tease event at UNFIX Festival 2019, directed by Paul Michael Henry.

From Mull to Mars was a collaboration with Winnie Brook Young.

Read Gemma Lawrence’s write up from the workshop here.