Artist: Voldemārs Johansons
Year of production: 2015
Producer: Voldemārs Johansons and the New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Premiered in HOMO NOVUS festival, Riga, 2015
Medium: single channel video, 5.1 sound, fog,
Dimensions variable (screen size: 12x5m)
THIRST is an audiovisual documentation of Atlantic ocean during a strong storm. The documentation of the visually and sonically expressive marine landscape was produced in the Faroe Islands as single-shot uncut registration of violent storm with a sound recoding. It was shot from the position on the firm rock of the coast, so that the camera view coincides with a human point of view. The audio-visual installation invites to enter the landscape of troubled waters, wind, rain and noise and to observe and listen to it from a distance, the action impossible in the natural circumstances when admiration is replaced with fear.
The work is presented as a large-scale film installation in a dark space (see the installation sketch). The back-projection screen is positioned at floor level for audience free to walk around to offer an experience similar to that of attending an ocean coast. The projection screen is reasonably large and accompanied with a sufficient sound amplification to match the sonic effect heard during a storm.