Homage to the work of Philip Henry Gosse / Homenaje a la obra de Philip Henry Gosse (2020)
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Philip H. Gosse was a British naturalist, and a contemporary and friend of Charles Darwin. He was obsessed with fossils – particularly corals – which contextualised his fascination with the creation of life on earth, and how such a historical record compared to the creation myths proffered in Christianity, through the Bible. Using images and sounds from his own personal archives, and taking a broad approach to his subject matter – including insights into artificial intelligence, the philosophical theory of positivism, and even H.P. Lovecraft – Pablo Martin Weber builds a poetic fim essay, which has as its consistent thread a genuine passion for science, and a regard for the figure of Philip Henry Gosse. Ultimately, the film approaches its topic something like a metaphysical inquiry, linking the past to the present, that we might think creatively about the future.