Screened for the first time in the UK at Towner, The Two Faces of Tomorrow is a hypnotic documentary-fiction film, which follows an unseen researcher as they explore the enduring influence of algae on our planet, from the deep past through to the near future.
As they traverse ancient Roman baths plagued by toxic algae blooms, cutting-edge laboratories developing biofuel, and a futuristic Mars rover testing facility, they uncover the relations between capitalism and algae, algae and the Earth, the Earth and humans, and begin to understand the origins of our current climate crisis.
The film will be looped in the Towner Cinema from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
An in-conversation with the director Patrick Hough and scientist Dr Brenda Parker will take place the next day, Saturday 5 November 2022 at 2.00pm.
This event sits alongside Brewers Towner International, on display at Towner 15 October 2022 to 22 January 2023.
The Two Faces of Tomorrow was Commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network with funding from Arts Council England. Co-commissioned by the National Sculpture Factory, Cork. Produced by Tracy Bass. Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and Cork International Film Festival.
The film will be captioned.
Patrick Hough is an Irish artist living and working in London. Incorporating moving image, photography, and installation, Hough’s work excavates the increasingly entangled nature of archaeological, geological, and ecological worlds. Their work has been exhibited and screened worldwide including at Whitechapel Gallery, London, MAAT, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, CPH:DOX, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Para/Site Space, Hong Kong; Jing’an International Sculpture Project, Shanghai; among many others. Patrick is a recipient of the 2017 Jerwood / FVU Awards and a 2019 Film London FLAMIN Productions Award.