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Persijn Broersen, Margit Lukács

Establishing Eden

AKINCI, Amsterdam

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Artist
Persijn Broersen, Margit Lukács
Title
Establishing Eden
Year
2016
Duration
10 min
Format & Technical

Single channel, loop, HD animation video, sound colour
Edition of 5 + 2 AP

  • Music: Gwendolyn Thomas & Berend Dubbe
  • Produced by: Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács
  • Animation: Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács

In Establishing Eden, Broersen & Lukács recreate establishment shots from contemporary blockbusters that capture the nature of New Zealand, constructing the sweeping images into a new, perpetual Eden.

In Establishing Eden, Broersen & Lukács focus on the establishment shot: the moment a landscape is identified and becomes one of the main protagonists in a film. In blockbusters like Avatar by James Cameron and the film series Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson, these shots have been used to capture and confiscate the nature of New Zealand, propagating itself as a new Eden, evergreen and unspoilt. Here, fiction takes over reality: mountains and forests exist under the name of their cinematic alter-ego’s. Broersen & Lukács travelled through the wilderness of New Zealand to capture these landscapes, and with that, they appropriate the nature of New Zealand once again. Creating an architecture of fragments connected by the camera-movement of a perpetual establishment shot, they show this Eden as a series of many possible realities, an illusion that comes together as easily as it falls apart.

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