Ivo Bystřičan - Invisible Landscapes

Two musicians, two field recordists and a philosopher venture on a mission to discover the sound of climate collapse. They visit places in the Icelandic and Czech landscapes that have been marked by industry as well as those seemingly left untouched by human activity. Using recording technology, they give voice to the physical places where significant power generating, natural, and political processes are taking place. The sound is a consequence of events that occurred in the past and that are pointing towards the future. Right now it is being decided whether the future will be inevitably destructive.

Although still impossible to see within the invisible landscapes, we can already hear it coming if we listen carefully. What language and in what voice will the matter with a non-human face speak to us if we try to listen? What will appear if we venture inside? What testimony does it bear to the oppressive climate future? And what does it whisper about us, the Earthlings? In the tangle of infrastructures, the politics of a catastrophe are imperceptibly enacted. Places with the potential of producing power and livelihood under the vault of the climate crisis start to provide testimony about us, themselves, and the times past and future.


Ivo Bystřičan is a documentary film director, playwright and screenwriter based in the Czech Republic. His work usually focuses on social and environmental themes with a sociological accent. Ivo Bystřičan’s feature film Byeway (2014), capturing a social conflict in the backdrop of the construction of the D8 motorway, sparked the interest of a large audience. He is also involved in the playwright and production of the documentary podcasts.

In addition to independent documentaries, he is interested in bringing environmental and economic issues to TV and cinematic audiences, as he did with a primetime TV series the Ekostory project or the Industria series.

A project developed by SIMULTAN.org, and is part of the National Cultural Program "Timișoara - European Capital of Culture in 2023" funded by Timișoara's Municipality through the Projects Center and the Center for Culture and Art of Timiș County fom public funds allocated by the Ministry of Culture.

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