Inquiry Into the Shape of the Earth

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Inquiry Into the Shape of the Earth

This video is a performative experiment to examine if the earth is flat or spherical through a re-enactment of Samuel Rowbotham’s 19th century inquiry. Using Rowbotham’s protocol undertaken on the Bedford Canal in England, this recreation is a Canadian-winter/Labrador version using the flat expanse of the frozen Lake Melville as the research site. The results bring into questions things that most people blindly accept as fact about the shape of the earth.


Director/Writer/Producer: Kay Burns
Runtime: 13 mins
Country: Canada (NL)