Reynold Reynolds

Six Apartments audio track

“... there have been so many that haven't really come to fruition.”

“Oh, I have no doubt that they react the exact same way to tornado warnings. I can almost guarantee you that most of them think, ‘Ah yea, you know, so what. These guys are hyping it up again, nothing is going to happen here at my house.’ I noticed your that partner in crime, Michael Moss, just joined us on board. Moss you were commenting on this a couple of weeks ago. What do you think about those poll numbers, did you hear what I covered there?”

“Yes, I did Tony, and it’s not a surprise at all and I think you kind of answered it there, right before I chimed in here. It was that they don't care unless it’s actually going to hit their house. They want a radar beam or a warning that says, ‘Hey, this in going to hit your house, this is going to destroy or damage your house!’ That’s what they want ...”

“... so think about this: if you had a four hour in-suit pre-brief, sitting ... hanging in the air in the air lock in this uncomfortable Michelin Man space suit, and then you got to go do a six hour space walk after that, you know, that's ... that's at least a ten hour day, if not longer, that you're in the space suit. That’s exhausting. So we try to minimize that, we try to take the cabin pressure of the shuttle or the station airlock down, either the night before or the day before, so that we can minimize our pre-brief. And we like to get to about 10.2 PSI. I believe that number has sort of been chosen to optimize flammability in the cabin, because you've got higher percentages of O2 and certifications of flammability ...”

“... the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. And you’re probably thinking, ‘Oh, that's weird’, but you know what? It's similar to what we do. What do we do? We exchange this glory of God for all of these different kinds of things. An idol is something I believe will save me, something that will justify ...”

“How I wish, how I wish you were here
We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl
year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have you found? The same old fears
Wish you were here”

“... in which it is estimated that the odds humanity will survive this present century is fifty-fifty – which is very frightening, because that means there is an equal chance that we will go extinct before the end of the century. Perhaps the most important, fundamental responsibility for humanity, to ensure its own survival, is pretty much neglected. There have been only a few books in recent years, many of them more popular than scholarly, and that constitutes more or less the sum total of humanity's effort to ensure its own long term survival. For some reason, we don't seem to take the same sort of constructive problem-solving approach to existential risks as we do to much smaller risks, and I think that’s a mistake ...”

“... it is sad there in the mornings and at daybreak, between the foxholes and bomb holes at the foot of the waterfalls and streams. We lie dead in the swamps of the jungle to take cover from immediate fallout. A young man quietly bowed seemed to whisper prayers under his breath. He was only nineteen after all. Well, most of us here were.”

"I don't want to die!" (whispered)
"I don't want to die!"

“We were shooting here, there and everywhere. We didn't have a clue what we were hitting. It may have been the enemy or not. We had to take the chance. It was man made hell ...”

“... ninety-nine point nine percent of all species that ever existed on earth are extinct already. Humanity is another species, and we have no reason to suppose that we are immune from extinction. In fact, I think that the century that we have now entered might well be critical for humanity.”

“You are listening to Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University in Britain. Bostrom's work involves considering potential scenarios that could severely threaten or end the human species.”

“... While the public and most policy experts have been fixated on global warming and terrorism, a lot of experts think that these are not necessarily the biggest risks. For example, pandemic diseases killed last year ...”

“I wonder I wonder wonder I do

I wonder about the love you can't find
And I wonder about the loneliness that's mine
I wonder how much going have you got
And I wonder about your friends that are not
I wonder I wonder wonder I do

I wonder I wonder wonder don't you?

I wonder how many times you been had
And I wonder how many dreams have gone bad
I wonder how many times you had sex
And I wonder do you know who'll be next
I wonder I wonder wonder I do”

“... that region of Mars once had water that was really salty and highly acidic: conditions incredibly hostile to any life forms that we know about. So any organisms that might have once lived in that area on Mars would really have to have beat the odds. But why do we know so much about the likelihood of a particular environment to support life? Mars scientists can thank you and me and our propensity to eat. Harvard professor of earth and planetary sciences, Andrew Knoll, spoke to reporters Friday at the AAAS meeting: ‘... our food preservation industry depends highly on ...’"

“... the weather. Researcher James Overland with the national oceanic and atmospheric administration in Seattle has been studying the change. And he is in town this week to talk about what the ice retreat might mean to Alaska's oceans. Overland says this year's arctic ice retreat was dramatic”:

“The summer ice loss this year is so unusual, that there is a question of whether that has actually changed the whole climate for the Alaskan waters. And we have no comparison in history to go by. So what happens next is really uncertain.”

“But when you say it could change all of the Alaska waters, what kind of changes might we see?”

“Well you might think that with a couple of degrees of warming, that's not a big effect on the ecosystem, but whether you have ice or not is a huge effect – whether it supports arctic species and animals that live on the bottom – that part would tend to go away. And we would have a lot more upper level fisheries like salmon and so on – and we are already seeing salmon that are reaching the north slope region. So the animals are already ...”

“... you're right, but why did you volunteer for operations?”

“I heard you needed one good man in the outfit sir. Hey boss, while you're at it, how come you're in this man's army? I thought the Irish were supposed to be neutral!”

“The Irish are neutral! And who the devil do you think they are neutral against? Do you think we want the English to be beaten and have no one to fight with after the war? No thank you ... who are you?”

“Private Lenton Burton.”

“What kind of name is this? Irish?”

“Why sure! Me, I come from Brooklyn, boss.”

“And in what part of Ireland is that?”

“It ain't! It's in the USA. Brooklyn is a city of which New York is a suburb.”

“... it's a monster. He's a monster in his own time. He's a monster …”

“... growth or growth's extension. This is driven by a growth in the world population, but also an improvement in living standards in areas of the world like China and India. So, that's number one. The second hard truth is that the supply of energy from conventional oil and gas sources will struggle to keep up with this growing demand. And we will need new sources of energy ranging from renewable energies to also unconventional oil and gas. And then, finally, this increase in energy demand and also the need to use all kinds of sources of energy will lead to an increase in CO2 emissions.”

“... and to finish this part, Pour finir ce point-ci ... the ecological crisis, ecological crisis – in French,
une crise écologique, une crise écologique, une crise écologique.
Voilà allez, c'est le moment de notre deuxième interview musicale. This is time for our second musical break.
et c'est toujours Charles René avec sa chanson ...”

Copyright: Reynold Reynolds


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Reynold Reynolds (*1966 in Fairbanks/ Alaska) studied film and photography and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in New York in 1995. In the course of his work as an artist, which he mainly realises with 16 mm and Super 8 mm material, he developed his own film grammar that deals with transformation, consumption and decay. Reynold Reynold’s works often show extreme physical and psychological situations that automatically attract and frighten its viewers at the same time. He has won several awards at film festivals including the Distinction Award of the Berlin Transmediale 2009 for Six Apartments. Reynold Reynolds lives in Berlin.