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Image Description: Image of Cathedral Grove in Vancouver Island. In the background rows of Douglas-fir, Western Hemlock, Grand fir and Western Red Cedar trees. In the center of the image, 5 trees have fallen on the ground. The trees are covered with moss. Large ferns, moss and lichen cover the ground of the image.

About In the Wake of Progress

Filmed by Bokeh Collective, Encountering Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress imagines the experience of seeing the work of Edward Burtynsky on the screens surrounding Yonge-Dundas Square. Captured for Luminato for its 2021 Virtual Festival, Bokeh’s film provides a glimpse of Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress as the public art piece it is intended to be.

Encountering Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress: A Film by Bokeh Collective will be available in Canada through the Festival’s digital platform on October 16, 2021.

This 22-minute film includes a fully choreographed blend of photographs and film from Burtynsky’s 40-year career and tells the epic tale of humanity's impact on the planet.

Co-produced by Canadian music legend Bob Ezrin, the piece presents the powerful imagery of global landscapes devastated by human activity in contrast to the dazzling urban centre, at a moment when the health of our planet is an urgent international priority. Encountering Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress includes an original soundtrack by composer and sound designer Phil Strong, featuring award-winning musical artist iskwē, as well as musicians of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, co-orchestrated and conducted by Claudio Vena.

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Artists and Collaborators

Conceived, Directed, Photographed and Filmed by Edward Burtynsky

Commissioned and Co-Produced by Luminato Festival Toronto