Dream Cargoes is a live-cinema work, from film artists Lucy Benson and Marcel Weber featuring an original score by Roly Porter (plus string quartet) and Keith Fullerton Whitman. Written and directed by Lucy Benson. Filmed in Iceland by Lucy Benson with animation and VFX by both artists. This short film edition of the work was commissioned for screening at the Centre For Digital Cultures, Mexico City, and edited by Lucy Benson.
Partly inspired by J.G.Ballard's story of the same name, Dream Cargoes explores the predicament of the last man on an exploited and abandoned Earth, who, in the toxicity of nano and bio-tech waste witnesses a wondrous flourishing of new life forms and an unprecedented expansion of space and time. The work is performed live by the four artists and a string quartet.
The wrecked ship of Ballard's story is replaced with our own planet Earth. The ship's toxic cargo becomes the industrial waste and nano and bio-tech pollution of the near future. Visually the story is told through the protagonists eyes, immersing us in an increasingly psychedelic landscape comprising original cinematic footage, shot on location in Iceland by Benson and Weber, with analogue and algorithmic mutations created by the artists in their Berlin studios.
The score is performed by Porter, working with a string quartet, and Fullerton Whitman, operating modular synthesizers. The score's acoustically-driven beginning, by Porter, suffers under increasing interference from the electronic side, eventually finding a new synergy with the chaotic, generative energy of Whitman's modular evolutions, echoing the work's narrative and conceptual trajectory across the duration of the performance.
Dream Cargoes was co-commissioned by Werkleitz Gesellschaft and Unsound in 2013.
**This is a short film edit of Dream Cargoes live-cinema performance**