Airships and Rainforests

Graham Dorrington's airship. Photo:
Graham Dorrington's airship. Photo:

An invitation-only informal discussion and social event on the eve of A Treetop Odyssey.

Confirmed participants include Dr Graham Dorrington (Queen Mary, University of London), Marion Laval-Jeantet and Benoît Mangin (Art Orienté Objet). We hope to encourage a lively exchange of ideas which will fuel the ICA event the following day.

A Treetop Odyssey

(3pm Saturday 30 October, ICA, London) is a screening and discussion event focusing attention on the one of the world’s most inaccessible and under-explored area, tropical rainforest canopies. Some of the rarest plants and animals on earth are found in such locations, where undiscovered species live exclusively in these tree tops and never set foot on the forest floor. Until now, the rainforest canopy has been virtually inaccessible to scientists.

The afternoon will start with a screening of Werner Herzog’s 2004 film, 'The White Diamond', which eloquently illustrates the complexity of human desire and our need to further explore the planet and its resources. Set in the Kaiteur Falls in the heart of Guyana, it features the efforts of one of the world’s leading dendronautics engineers, Dr Graham Dorrington, in his attempts to test his airship designed to explore the forest canopy. The discussion afterward will be chaired by Quentin Cooper of BBC's 'Material World'.

This event is a partnership between The Arts Catalyst, Queen Mary, University of London and LCACE and has been developed as part of The Inside Out Festival.