This 2-minute video features exquisite underwater photography of coral reefs. It is the trailer of a major work for fulldome digital planetariums by acclaimed artist Lynette Wallworth.
An extraordinary journey into a mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures and rare marine life, revealing a complex community living in the oceans most threatened by climate change.
Music: ‘Sarajevo’ composed by Max Richter
Imagine global co-operation for a global problem. Imagine corals as the barometer of climate change. Imagine we are the pivot point. Imagine rekindling Venus.
My intent is to leave the audience with a sense of wonder for the complexity of the coral community and a deep-felt longing to see it survive.
What is apparent when you watch the film is the remarkable survival mechanisms already at play in the community of coral reefs, mechanisms that will be put to the test in the coming years. We might see ourselves as two different communities interconnected in our own survival.
– Lynette Wallworth
The following 19-minute TED Talk features Lynette Wallworth introducing her film and the inspiration behind it.
Lynette Wallworth brings together technological advances with ancient understanding, new media with the electricity of human touch. Coral Rekindling Venus, a film inspired by the Transit of Venus, is a global call for us to work together across borders and nations to save our increasingly degraded oceans and coral reefs.
Lynette Wallworth is one of Australia’s most influential contemporary artists. Working between the worlds of art and science, her installations have been exhibited in Australia, UK, UNZ, Europe and the USA.
TEDxSydney 2012 took place on Saturday 26 May 2012 at Carriageworks. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed the day: 800 in the theatre, over 1,000 via big screen simulcast in The Forum, many thousands online via YouTube and ABC Big Ideas … and up to 80,000 tuning in to ABC Radio National.