Bear 71: Interactive Datavisualization-Documentary-Thing

Die Installation Bear 71 wird grade auf dem Sundance Filmfestival gezeigt und ist irgendwo zwischen Naturdoku, Datenvisualisierung und interaktivem Storytelling. Bear 71 erzählt die Geschichte einer Grizzly-Bärin, die über 11 Jahre nonstop überwacht wurde, die Filmemacher bekamen Zugang zu den Daten und rekonstruierten daraus das Leben der Bärin. Auf der Website zu Bear 71 kann man ein bisschen rumexperimentieren, hier der Trailer zum Dings und ein Snip aus der Pressemitteilung:

 Vimeo Direktbear, via Creators Project

Bear 71 is the true story of a female grizzly bear monitored by wildlife conservation officers from 2001 – 2009.

She lived her life under near constant surveillance and was continually stressed by interactions with the human world. She was tracked and logged as data, indicative of the way that we have come to see the world around us – with Tron or Matrix9like filters – constantly monitoring, qualifying and quantifying, instead of experiencing and interacting.

Leanne Allison gained access to 1 million photos gathered covertly in the wilderness by motion triggered cameras over 11 years, unbeknownst to the animals and humans that provided the rich data captured in the photos on this project.

Bear 71’s story is consistently played out in places all over the globe where humans and wildlife intersect – from cougars in Nova Scotia to Bears in suburban Vancouver to Bear culls in New Jersey. It highlights how our growing dependence on technology divorces us from nature, even while allowing us to keep closer tabs on it. It raises questions about how we view nature, how we view ourselves in relation to technology and nature, and the nature and validity of surveillance both in the wild, and within human society.