Creatures formed from the remnants of human mark-making evolve and journey through remote landscapes.
2016, Hand drawn digital animation, Digital video, 3:50 Minutes
Written, Directed, Animated, & Sound: Jacob Rivkin
Puppeteers: Hannah Rivkin & Joshua Rivkin
Drawing upon the name of earthly paradise in Greek mythology, the film Fortunate Isles: Landings explores the awakening of sentience and biological complexity within digital images. To fully inhabit utopic and cinematic visions of analog & digital interpretations of landscape, Fortunate Isles: Landings is filmed on location at sites of human achievement and continuous habitation; the level Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah and remote cliffs of Salvage, Newfoundland, respectively. Within the film, performers wore chroma-key suits on site that, during editing, allow the suit’s geometric faces to be digitally blanked and replaced with hand-drawn animation. Through the dialogue of gaps and joins created by the subtle collapsed spaces between layers of inter-narrative animation, questions of evolution, reality, and wonder begin to surface. The figures each carry a drawn experience inscribed into their outer forms. A patina of frames progressing forward echoes an imprinted memory; Landscapes are portable.
The full film is included in the exhibition Strange Landscapes at the Arlington Art Center in Arlington, VA. On view from June 25th to October 2nd. Opening reception June 25th from 6PM - 9PM.
The film is shortlisted for the anthropoScene Film Competition and will be shown during the International Festival of Landscape Architecture: Not In My Backyard Screening at the National Museum of Australia on October 28th, 2016.
It will be included in the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin 2017: New Cinema and Contemporary Art.
BmoreArt, SEP 30, 2016
In the galleries: ‘Strange Landscapes’ explores gardens of unearthly delights
Washington Post, SEP 15, 2016
Landscape Art Is Pushed to New Limits in Arlington Arts Center's 'Strange Landscapes'
Washington City Paper, JUL 22, 2016