Kent Tate is an award winning 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 been exhibited/screened internationally at film/new media festivals, symposiums, juried screenings/exhibitions, and solo gallery exhibitions/tours.
Kent Tate: Carbon Sky (preview clip no.1)
Born in Rivers, Manitoba, Kent Tate is currently based in British Columbia where in 2019 he completed a suite of four new films: Sensors - Carbon Sky - Furnace - Cornucopia. From 2016 - 2018 he filmed in the interior of British Columbia, observing and recording the interactions of shadow and light that co-exist in its natural and manufactured worlds. In that time over 25000 square kilometres of land was destroyed during two record breaking wildfire seasons.
For three years Kent Tate researched and filmed various landscapes in the interior of British Columbia, Canada in more or less a geographical triangle from Kamloops to the east, Cache Creek to the west, and Spences Bridge to the south. Tate’s main focus has been the semi-deserts, deep valleys, and plateaus to define how he sees the interactions of the natural and manufactured worlds, worlds brought into his perspective by the ever changing presence of shadow and light.
Since Tate began filming the BC interior in 2016 there has been a yearly increase in the widespread smoke and haze from each new record breaking forest fire season. The loss of forest habitat is having a ripple effect on the plants, animals, and people living in the interior as ecosystems become more disrupted or simply disappear. One of the unintended consequences of global warming and wide spread air pollution is the dramatic increase of suspended particulates in the atmosphere. This creates what climate scientists refer to as “Global Dimming.” Colours and forms that were once so vivid could become increasingly rare with only the occasional reminder of the intricate relationship of light and shadow commonly seen in pre-industrial times.