Drake's Equation

1986, 3:45 min, color, sound

Almy's concern with technology as a communicative tool continues in Drake's Equation, which refers to a scientific formula used to measure the possibility of other life in the universe. Each element of the equation "measures a stage in the evolution of the stars, the planets, life intelligence and the technology to communicate." Equating human and environmental evolution with that of technology, Almy follows a man and woman from a geological to a technological terrain. A visual interpretation of this scientific theorem, Drake's Equation evolves as a mythic odyssey and ends with technology reborn.

Producer: Teri Yarbrow. Music: Harold Budd, Brian Eno. With: Cathy Decker, Ross Decker, Cheyenne Decker.

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