OFF GROUND HE is a deconstruction and re- presentation of IVUL (the film). The film is the extraordinary story of Alexander Ivul, a young boy who climbs onto the roof of the family home and refuses ever to come back down to earth. He goes on to live out a brief and dramatic life deep in the Pyrenean forests without ever touching the ground again.
The new multi-screen gallery installation is an investigation into the ideas around the 'Expanded Cinematic Language' that I first attempted with my works Gallivant, This Filthy Earth, Mapping Perception and In The Wake of a Deadad. Taking a full-length feature film as its starting point the work presents footage across 16 screens. An ever changing soundtrack infuses the space using random programming in order that no 'reading' of the installation is ever quite the same. High above the ground in his arboreal kingdom Alexander Ivul makes his way across screens whilst his mother and sister intermittently plead with him to come back down to earth. Narrative fragments abound but without any discernible beginning, middle or end. OFF GROUND HE is inspired by a cacophony of ideas and writings from Henry David Thoreau's Walden or Life in the Woods to Richard Mabey's Nature Cure, from Roger Deakin's A Walk Through Trees to Calvino's Baron of the Trees but most importantly from Tarzan and Robin Hood.
Live Remix Performance with Conor Kelly and Andrew Kötting. July 23rd 2010 IVUL opens in cinemas across the UK distributed by Artificial Eye. ivulmovie.com deadad.info