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The success of the stupid

Soy cámara online

Screenplay, direction and editing: Félix Pérez-Hita

Production and documentation: Montse Pujol Solà

Duration: 7 minutes 12 seconds

Acknowledgements: Greenpeace

Synopsis: The video, which forms part of the CCCB’s exhibition “After the End of the World”, starts with Noam Chomsky asking: “What are the criteria for biological success?” According to Ernst Mayr, it seems that as we move up the scale of what we call intelligence, biological success declines. So to survive as a species, it is better to be stupid than intelligent. This winter, the Arctic has had less ice than ever before in history, and many parts of the planet are experiencing the highest temperatures on record. Meanwhile, the US Government, with Trump at its head, is promoting policies that deny climate change and its terrible consequences. Chomsky’s talk is illustrated with beautiful scientific images of bacteria, blood and jellyfish, along with other Christmassy ones of delicate soap bubbles freezing. The aim is to highlight the ongoing problem of how to inform and raise awareness about the serious threat represented by global warming, using audiovisual techniques. We close with Greenpeace’s excellent short film from its latest campaign: “Story of a spoon.” | @CCCBaudiovisual | #SoyCámara

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