Some years ago when I attempted to engage in PhD (which I gave up as practice is so much fun), I argued that the beauty of modern perception lies in interconnectedness. I am going to make my paper available online soon. Funnily enough since then I keep coming across people, philosophers, artists, designers or scientists more and more engaging in this subject. Perhaps it is a time for me to pick up on this subject. But today i came across this short documentary – astronauts describing their feelings when looking down on Earth. It might be cliche, but it brought tears to my eyes. It is beautiful and in a way they all describing the essence of my theory: the Beauty in Interconnectedness….
On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.
The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.