Take To The High Ground | (In production 2018/19)
HD Video with sound
The trajectory of drought is predicted to advance from Portugal and Spain to southern Italy, Germany and beyond.
Population will continue to grow, food production will contract, waters will rise.
The UK coastline will diminish with rising sea levels; peninsulas become Islands, freshwater lakes become seas and estuaries.
Much of the Mediterranean will become desert.
Seen from above, neat reservoirs of silver span from the coast to the Sierra de Gador Mountains. Almerias’ Plastico's nest like lace-covered greenhouses in an old western. These intense sites of agriculture enable British supermarkets to stock fresh tomatoes in January, whilst scarce natural water reserves are siphoned by illegal boreholes and sold through a profitable black market to farmers and developers.
Climatic conditions have given rise to innovative and artificial means of production; using Perlite gravel, plants are drip-fed chemical fertilisers from computer-controlled vats. A largely unseen workforce work long days in hot and toxic poly tunnels, ensuring fresh produce prices in British supermarkets are kept low.