2020, Sat, Jul 18

Diver | The Second Journey (To Uluru)

D: Monira Al Qadiri, Kuwait 2018, 4 min, OV no dialogue | D: Arthur & Corinne Cantrill, Australia 1982, 75 min, English OV

Diver, film still | Source: Arsenal

Diver, film still | Source: Arsenal

Diver

D: Monira Al Qadiri, Kuwait 2018, 4 min, OV no dialogue

This immersive video installation by Monira Al Qadiri is part of her ongoing search for historical ties between the pre- and post-oil worlds in the Arabian Gulf. For hundreds of years, the economy of the coastal region was based on decorative pearls. After the discovery of oil, a massive transformation took place changing the affected societies and erasing their history. The video proposes to bridge that gap through the formal abstraction of color; it follows the movements of synchronized swimmers wearing dichroic body suits akin to the sheen of both pearls and oil, fully choreographed to a traditional pearl-diving song.

The Second Journey (To Uluru), film still | Source: Arsenal

The Second Journey (To Uluru), film still | Source: Arsenal

The Second Journey (to Uluru)

D: Arthur & Corinne Cantrill, Australia 1982, 75 min, English OV

As the camera moves gently from afar into the very heart of the monolith, the magic of Uluru, the holiest site of the Aborigines unfolds in shimmering nuances of light. Shot at different times of day, the close-up and panorama shots of this more than 500-million-year-old stone formation combine silence and acoustically altered birdsong to convey a feeling of timelessness. The areas of discolouration in the film material caused by problems in the developing process were deliberately left in the film as a metaphor for the looming threat to this natural environment through bushfires and tourism. (Angelika Ramlow, abridged)