Kent Tate is an Canadian artist/filmmaker whose work explores the dichotomy between tranquility and activity in our natural and manufactured worlds. Time, motion and stillness are intertwined through Tate's work to act like a fulcrum upon which the environmental, social and philosophical aspects of his projects are held in dynamic balance. Tate has received awards, grants, and artist residencies for his projects which have been exhibited internationally at film/new media festivals, symposiums, group screenings/exhibitions and solo gallery exhibitions/tours.

Kent Tate: Carbon Sky


Preview: Moving Images & Music - Kent Tate. Carbon Sky is an exploration of natural and manufactured worlds that co-exist where I live in western Canada. Even though my focus was the ever changing presence of shadow and light I was never able to separate my imagination from the political, commercial, and cultural impacts that shaped everything I saw.


Director’s notes: During the filming of Carbon Sky I would often return to the exact same location over and over again, sometimes five, ten, twenty times during a period of days, weeks, months, and years.
In spite of what seemed like endless smoke and haze at times, days of illuminating light did occur, reminders of a world that once was, a world rapidly changing in the midst of the Anthropocene.

In 1999 Edward O. Wilson wrote “The Diversity of Life.” In 2007 Naomi Klein wrote “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.” In 2015 she followed up with her book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

“Modernization is the process by which capitalism uproots and makes mobile that which is grounded, clears away or obliterates that which impedes circulation, and makes exchangeable what is singular.” Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari.