Tale of the Mammoth Goddess
written, directed, filmed, animated, edited by Wendi Yan
music by Bang Klang (AP Bergeron & Leander Knust)
Using game engine and AI generated voiceover, Wendi Yan created a narrative animation that exposes the complex entanglement between mammoths and humans, drawing out a broad historical arc about extinction thinking. Yan imagines a mammoth that was resurrected with human’s frontier biotechnology to save the tundra ecosystem, but who escapes duty imposed on her to live a life she wants for herself: one in which she dies naturally amidst memories of her ancestors.