“If a power station falls and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"
Kaboom is a temporary, projection and audio experience exploring the decommissioning of coal-fired power stations in Australia, and the surrounding social commentary of these events.
Today, Australia has 22 operating coal-fired power stations and just 10 years ago, there were 34 in operation or under refurbishment*. These closures represent markers of significant change in the way our society operates and has prompted fierce social commentary and debate.
The time is now, a date has been set. The change to renewable energy is upon us, as we wait for the demolition of the last coal fired power station in Australia. At some stage, the spectacle will satisfy us all. 500 years from now, and these closures will be a mere blip in time. But are we watching a live-stream? Is it a pre-recording? Or is it a forecast?
This projection will thrust you into the world of opinions, privilege, politics and pop culture alongside the often very conflicting human experience. ‘Kaboom’ gives the viewer an opportunity to savour our collective history as we look to an unwritten future, and in doing so evoke awe, hope, excitement and anticipation as we watch together the collapse of these outdated technologies.
For the full experience, watch the video while listening with headphones to the accompanying soundtracks.
From the Collection of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Hewers of Coal (1957)
Production company: Waterside Workers’ Federation Film Unit
Filmmakers: Jerome Levy, Norma Disher, Keith Gow
Cast: Leonard Teale
Acknowledgments: The Mining and Energy Division of the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union owns the copyright of this footage.