Project: “Martyrs of the Anthropocene”


Written, directed & animated by Timaeus
Sound design by Xaos
3D design & modeling i.c.w. Famke Immelmann
Texturing consultant Flora van der Linde
Color grading by Leon van Engelen
Title illustration by Sander Ettema
Production by Jelle van Bouwhorst


Duration 08:18 minutes
Credit roll 0:42
Resolution 3840 x 2160 (4k)

Martyrs of the Anthropocene is a short film installation that intertwines rituals, historic references and urgent environmental and behavioural questions.

Forming a rite of passage, the film presents a tree and a lichen with the title of Martyrdom. Redefining martyrdom from its traditional human perspective and religious/ political context, the status of martyrdom is proposed by Timaeus as a reward for becoming symbols of exceptional leadership and heroism in the face of challenging circumstances.Being the first natural resources to receive the status, it proposes to question our anthropocentric point of view.

Influenced by the rich historical narratives of martyrs and saints, the martyrs of the Anthropocene are decorated with valuable minerals and crystals that are extracted daily for modern usage within batteries, or ornamental purposes, forming the visual language of 21st century relics. The martyrs, within a momentary state of equal representation, become the saints of the era of the Symbiocene. An era that can be formed after the Anthropocene, the geological epoch which we are currently living in. 
This project was made possible with the support of Stimuleringsfonds talent grant.

Part of the following exhibitions:

‘Messyverse’, Felix Meritis Amsterdam (2 Sep - 6 Oct.)
 Huidenclub, Rotterdam (20 sep - 5 Nov.)
‘The rest is still unwritten’, Dutch Design Week, Portiersloge

Film festivals:

Official selection 2024 International Film Festival Rotterdam 

Curators and programmers can get into contact to preview the film.
Poster for International Film festival in Rotterdam 2024

The pictures following are of the exhibition at Huidenclub that took place from 20 Sept - 5 November


Schiekade 189 1.05
3013 BR Rotterdam


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