Borscht Responds to Rolling Stone With Coral Morphologic Film
The Coral Reef Are Dreaming Again
Yesterday, we told you about Rolling Stone's dire predictions for the future of Miami -- namely, that the whole place will be irreparably flooded and hurricane-wrecked by the year 2030.
Borscht, which has been releasing a greatest hits collection of its short films online each week for the past couple months, moved up the release of the 2011 film The Coral Reef are Dreaming Again, which combines Coral Morphologic's colorful, trippy scenes of undersea life with filmmaker Lucas Leyva's concept, a Miami-styled version of an allegory by Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi. Coral Morphologic's Colin Foord explains it better in an essay that accompanies the film at Borscht's Tumblr.
There's plenty of overlap with the Rolling Stone piece, though. For example, the film references a city built upon coral: "I dreamed our bones were dried and used to make dwellings for other creatures."
However, the film suggests, the city of today is "ultimately an errant mutation." Foord explains:
Just as Miami has been flooded and dried many times throughout glacial and greenhouse periods of Earth's history, it will one day be submerged once more. Miami has an Atlantean destiny, one that is actualizing before our eyes as humans expire gases that are insulating the planet like a blanket.
It's a pretty chill version of the horror story you'll read over at Rolling Stone, but the point is the same: Life as Miamians know it is temporary, and we're gonna need a bigger boat.
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