Mini-bestiaire pour la fin du monde imagines three animal and plant species that would evolve beyond the Anthropocene by adapting to extreme environmental conditions. The work draws inspiration from speculative evolution to create their transformation, the challenges they have to overcome and, in the end, their successful adaptation. Their metamorphoses are based on changes already occurring in some species and some biologists’ speculations derived from past evolution: giant, colourful peppered moths living in luxuriant forests; stinky, mobile miniature trees; pollution-resistant long-legged aquatic anoles.
[English translation: François Couture, iv-23]
Mini-bestiaire pour la fin du monde [Mini-Bestiary for the End of the World] was realized in 2022 at the composer’s studio in Montréal. It was commissioned by empreintes DIGITALes. Footsteps sound sample: Everyday Cinematic Sounds.
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