About Osomocene Productions

Osomocene Productions is New York-based a video production company that combines art and science to promote pro-environmental behaviors in positive ways. Our work emphasizes all that is fun and worthy about pro-environmental behaviors, and in the process may not even reference the environment. We want people to want to do those things that help the environment, even if people aren't doing it for the environment. The goal is to create an aesthetic quality and innovative structure in each of our works that will make science research on climate change fun to watch and share, and advances a positive vision of an environmentally sustainable society. To this end, we create short videos that encompass these ideas.

The word Osomocene literally means "the age of awesome". We coined this word to embody the central concept behind our work, our vision for the world. It also captures our dual backgrounds in science and art. In geology, epochs of Earth's history end in -cene. The Holocene is the current epoch, beginning about 12,000 years ago, shown in pink to the left. The Holocene has been quite stable, perhaps enabling the rise of human civilization. By now, humanity is the dominant force on Earth, and so some people speak of the Anthropocene, the epoch dominated by human action and threatening to ruin stable Holocene conditions.

We posit the Osomocene as the successor to the Anthropocene. Whereas the Anthropocene is characterized by destructive human activity, the Osomocene will be characterized by awesomeness: awesome for humans and awesome for the environment. Technically it should be spelled "Awesomeocene", or maybe "Awesomocene", but we find "Osomocene" flows more beautifully. Anyway, that's our concept. Our videos advance the Osomocene by illustrating a world that is awesome for humans and awesome for the environment.

Our Team


Ines Garcia (Co-Founder) earned her BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (PHTS) in Creating Original Work and Acting. For the past two years she has worked in New York, New Jersey and internationally as a director, actor and teacher. Her work fuses her experience for twelve years as a gymnast, fascination for language and training in creating original work. She currently plays the role of Maria Teresa in In The Time of the Butterflies at the Spanish Repertory (Repertorio Espanol) in Manhattan. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a recipient of the Van Lier Directing Fellowship for young Latino directors.

Seth Baum (Co-Founder) earned his PhD from Pennsylania State University's Department of Geography and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Columbia University's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions. He currently works as Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, a nonprofit think tank. His research explores the role of contemporary human civilization on Earth and in the universe, including what we as individuals can do to make a positive impact. He has published widely in academic and popular literatures and has appeared on the Discovery Channel, Fox News, and NASA's FameLab competition.

Our Story


Ines & Seth met at the 2011 Nature, Ecology and Society Colloquium, held at CUNY Graduate Center, City University of New York. Osomocene Productions grew out of their mutual interest in environmental issues and desire to promote positive action. Ines's background is in the performing arts. Seth's is in environmental science, policy, and communication research. Working together, we are able to fuse our respective skills to produce videos that are both aesthetically appealing and backed by good science. This art-science collaboration is in the spirit of that promoted by our friends at Positive Feedback, who cultivate such collaborations here in New York.

We chose to produce videos because of their potential to reach wide audiences. While live theater provides unparalleled intimacy, its reach will always be limited. We are inspired by online videos that have 'gone viral' to achieve wide audiences. Some of our favorites include the Official Ojai Valley Taxidermy TV Commercial, The Man Your Man Could Smell Like, and the ubiquitous kitten and puppy videos. Our first video, Vegetarian Cookbook, is in this spirit. Our second video, Small World, is a reinterpretation of the research outreach video inspired by the movie Wayne's World.

Articles & Presentations


October 2013: Ines & Seth present at the Columbia University Center for Research on Environmental Decisions titled "Small World Premier: Art-Science Collaboration For Fictional Narrative Outreach Videos". This will include the world premier of our second video, Small World.
April 2013: Ines & Seth wrote a guest post about Osomocene Productions published on the Artists And Climate Change blog.
March 2013: Ines & Seth join art-science panel discussion at the NoPassport theater conference at NYU. The panel is moderated by our friends at Positive Feedback. It's titled "Better Than Barter: Artists and Scientists Re-define Collaboration, Mentorship and Community". Here's the video archive (begins around 4:40):

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March 2012: Ines & Seth present at the Nature, Ecology and Society Colloquium, held at CUNY Graduate Center, City University of New York. The talk is titled "Arts-Academia Collaborations For Inspirational Environmental Comedy", and included the world premier of our first video, Vegetarian Cookbook.

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News

Small World
October 2013 Our second video, Small World, is now online. Its world premier was at the Columbia University Center for Research on Environmental Decisions.
Blog Post
April 2013 We published a guest post about Osomocene Productions on the Artists And Climate Change blog.
Panel Discussion
March 2013 We joined an art-science panel discussion at the NYU NoPassport theater conference with our friends at Positive Feedback. Video archive (skip to 4:40).