Michael John Whelan
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The Good Soil
Frontier
Means of Knowing
Now the shadows I measure
From the Mountain
An echo and a shadow
Mercer
Baribal
The sun shone on the
nothing new

Reprieve
A Perfect Circle
Caisson
Assembly
Kindred
Clearing
Since
The Memoirs of a Madman
The Collector of Skies
And penance is the play
Cathedral
The Good Soil
2018
single channel video, colour, sound
27:00 min
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Incorporating visual and narrative elements informed by the work of George Poinar Jr., famous as the inspiration behind the science of the Jurassic Park franchise, 'The Good Soil' explores the phenomenology of nature and temporality. Our dependency on nature is juxtaposed with our personal desires and their often destructive environmental consequences. Slow paced imagery is combined with an immersive soundscape, creating an intimate and at times poetic journey. A voiceover is inspired by conversations Whelan had with George Poinar Jr. who is based in Oregon, USA. Filming locations include: the oldest non-clonal tree in the world, the Kjell Henriksen observatory, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and a two hundred year old wish tree in England that was poisoned by generations of votive offerings.