01 - 01 jan. Film i all sjangre med vitenskap i fokus

La Bohème: A Portrait of Today’s Oceans in Peril

Hasteltine’s discovery of microscopic pollution inspired a series of uranium infused glass sculptures that resemble surreal beings from an alternate universe, but are in fact depictions of oceanic plankton entwined with plastic. The sculptures became a set for Haseltine’s art film La Bohème: A Portrait of Today’s Oceans in Peril where the viewer ventures into a droplet of water on a microscopic scale an acidic winter ocean. Based on Giacomo Puccini’s tragic opera, La Bohème, set in 1840′s Paris “La Bohème” depicts the poor young poet Rodolfo, who falls in love with Mimi, a young grisette who is dying of consumption. In this case, Mimi is the plankton sculpture ensnared in plastic riddled with dinoflagellate parasites–a representation of our ailing oceans.