APOCALYPSE: A solitary greenhouse is the final outpost on Earth in Ben River’s prophetic science fiction-scenario, which stages the uncertain fate of the planet: deserted, with this greenhouse as its last remaining habitable place.
Anders Dunker
Dunker is a Norwegian philosopher, and regular contributor.
Published date: June 30, 2017

Distant and dreamily, a female voice declares: “We must all die; nor leave survivor nor heir to the wide inheritance of earth. We must all die! The species of man must perish…”

The words are taken from Mary Shelly’s apocalyptic science fiction fable The Last Man (1826). Through the unclear mist on the screen, an image of a strange and enormous greenhouse in a desert comes into view. Soon the film intercuts between various surveillance cameras from inside the greenhouse, and we see different growths climbing around one another in an interior, contained  world. As the voice speaks, the narrative premises fall into place: She is a scientist, perhaps the last one there is. She is trapped in the greenhouse, once constructed as a closed biosphere and currently  the only habitable place left, since the climate gone haywire, turning Earth’s atmosphere into a poisonous fog like on the planet Venus. The emerging image is extreme; soon the greenhouse seems like a small compartment on Spaceship Earth, the only habitable cabin on a planet which, like a giant version of the Titanic is drifting dead and depopulated into the cosmic night.

Urth. Ben Rivers

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