The Mississippi Multiverse

April 14th, 2021

Mississippi Multiverse is an immersive film that starts from an embodied sensorial practice to reckon with the ecological impact of petrochemical industries along the river.

Over the last one hundred years, the Lower Mississippi River has transitioned from a site once dominated by plantations to one ruled by petrochemicals. This film by Isabelle Carbonell considers rivers as “fractal connectors” that operate across scales—linking deep time to the present, bridging great distances, encompassing humans and nonhumans, tying sediment to atoms. As the filmmaker explains below, her embodied sensorial practice allows for new possibilities of attending to Anthropocenic entanglements along the Mississippi.