Potential Endings, 2009










A series of four animations that are looped cycles of natural disasters related to climate change.

The Iceberg slowly melts away into the ocean causing sea levels to rise leading to The Flood the waves rock continuously back and forth referencing the Mesopotamian flood stories like The Epic of Gilgamesh or depictions such as John Martin’s The Deluge (1834). The Comet speeds into view, burning up as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere referencing representations of natural disasters repeated throughout art history such as Haley’s Comet being represented in Giotto’s Adoration of the Magi circa 1305. The Fire grows from a single flame until it engulfs the entire screen like a wildfire.

The Potential Endings series plays on the idea of extinction by using the now obsolete software Macromedia Flash.
The effects of climate change that is often disputed and dismissed are played upon as the film loops repeatedly back to the beginning playing with the denial of climate change associated with fossil fuels and the interests of big business.

The Iceberg from Thomas Goddard on Vimeo.

The Flood from Thomas Goddard on Vimeo.

The Comet from Thomas Goddard on Vimeo.

The Fire from Thomas Goddard on Vimeo.