2015, 03:04 minutes, colour, English
Part of a series titled "re/renderingthelandscape."
“re/renderingthelandscape” is a program of interrogating the legacy of painterly and cinematic genres present in the physical and cultural transitions embodied in the surface features of an area of land, and in the cultural acquisition and manipulation of information. To which the language of the digital post-production (multiple takes, cross-dissolve, warp-stabilizer, colour correction) is deployed as means of articulating our changing relationship “to the catalogue of forms, postures, and images” (Bourriaud) we now call the landscape.
Boulevard is a world set upside down, Boulevard is a the epitaph of a forgotten and disappearing place, submerged in the deluge of an unending rain; a ghost-house subtly and eerily breathing its final breathes – haunting all that would dare to look its way. In this blatantly apocalyptic narrative, there is but one moot plot point, one pseudo-horrific turn: a faintly visible and audible truck exists from view. Deserted by perhaps its last inhabitant the darkened edifice looms on ominously across the boulevard. Boulevard is the portrait of building on street. Composed of multiple takes from slightly different positions along the street, the (subject) building has been stitched together digitally, creating a simulacrum of uneasy determinations – the building (subject) twitching/shifting when you blink.
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