Please take one minute to fill out our MIT Docubase user survey x


“Waterlife” explores the layers of ecological damage in the Canadian Great Lakes.

2009 Kevin McMahon
EN Visit the project

“We dispersed the content so people weren’t reading some sort of long essay-like piece.”

Adrian Belina, Designer, in Reel Screen

A companion to a documentary film of the same name, Waterlife is an interactive overview of environmental damage to North America’s Great Lakes. The website looks at 23 topics related to water pollution. Each chapter fills in the blank: “Poison” talks about high incidences of cancer for beluga whales; “Healing” features a First Nation woman who raises awareness about eco-damage by walking around the Lakes.

The Waterlife interface features a large photo mosaic that changes its shape to reflect different subjects from the film—the Great Lakes, fish, people, electricity. As the photo “droplets” recompose themselves into different images, the audience sees how water infiltrates all aspects of life and society. Clicking on a photo sends the audience to a section at random, while a chapter-list on the side allows for targeted exploration.


Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : Canada
Year : 2009
Author : Kevin McMahon
Producer : National Film Board of Canada
Team : Jam3,Primitive Entertainment
Exhibition Venues : Tokyo International Film Festival
Awards & Nominations : SXSW Award Winner,Webby Award Winner
Funders AND Incubators : National Film Board of Canada
like 1


show comments

Join the Discussion

powered by_