Andrew McWilliams

Emergency Room (2016)

Medium: Installation
Exhibited:
  • HarvestWorks, New York, 2016
  • Human Impacts Institute, New York, 2017
  • SPRING/BREAK Art Fair, New York, 2018

Video by: Kevin Barry

Emergency Room is an immersive media installation examining the global climate crisis through the lens of a personal health crisis.

Video screens buzz and flicker with images of environmental chaos, activism and effects on New Yorkers from extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy. The room is flooded deep red, and the persistent noise of a man struggling to breath. The screens are accompanied by a beeping heart-rate monitor.

Climate change has so far proven too broad to grip a majority of people and drive them to action on a scale required to avoid catastrophe. Despite generally acknowledging the massive and devastating consequences of climate change, most people consistently deprioritize it for near-term issues.

Having been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in adulthood, I have a personal sense of the feeling of dealing with chronic illness, and of the striving to meet the challenge and achieve good health. It is clear to me that our collective action in response to climate change is grossly inadequate, and we are locking in its worst outcomes.

Emergency Room at Human Impacts Institute, New York, 2017
Emergency Room at Human Impacts Institute, New York, 2017 Emergency Room at Human Impacts Institute, New York, 2017 Emergency Room at Human Impacts Institute, New York, 2017 Emergency Room at Human Impacts Institute, New York, 2017 Emergency Room at Human Impacts Institute, New York, 2017
Emergency Room at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, 2018
Emergency Room at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, 2018 Emergency Room at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, 2018 Emergency Room at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, 2018 Emergency Room at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, 2018

Supported by

This installation was created with support from ThoughtWorks and Harvestworks.

Credits

Original media used in this installation comes from a variety of sources, including:

  • Extreme Ice Survey
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • The US Department of Energy
  • Exposure Labs
  • 350.org
  • Democracy Now!
  • Freundeskreis Videoclips (Ende Gelände)
  • everyone and company
  • Gothamist
  • Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Bristol Community College
  • PhysioNet
  • I Love Mountains
  • Kevin Barnett
  • JWJ Ferguson
  • Angus McCullough
  • The Episcopal Church
  • kidkornfilms
  • Lauren Farmer
  • Matthew Kraus
  • Scott McConville
  • Mike Lemery
  • Patrick Conway
  • Ben Stamper
  • Brian Dieck
  • Alex Mallis
  • DART.ENVS.01.X
  • Brent De Luca
  • Tom Mills
  • wwwzambroworg
  • epSos.de
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