Arrábida is a 16mm film centred on the production of landscape and concrete in the Arrábida Natural Park. It merges footage from the park with 3D animation of the topographic landscape as an equal analogue layer.
Arrábida Natural Park is placed south of Lisbon, Portugal. Covering a vast area of coast, caves, mountains and forest, the park is inhabited by a massive factory that branches through the landscape via chutes and shuttle systems over and under ground to transport the porous material from the quarries to the factory, then to the shipping harbour. There is a constant movement of material through the park. Documenting the various layers of the sourced material, the factory body and the constructed landscape, the film looks at how time is physically embedded in the matter and how the molecular particles act in a circular re-shaping of the whole.
The 3D animation is built from height data of the specific landscape and animated with particle systems (large systems of small units that can simulate ephemeral matters such as explosions, water, fog, dust, etc.). The animated landscape is established from particles into a whole and dissolved from the molar to the molecular respectively. While mapping the earth, the 3D animation acts as a guiding layer of camera paths through the landscape.
Há só uma terra. There is only one earth.
by Tinne Zenner
Countries of production: Portugal / Denmark
Screening format: 16mm w. optical sound / Digital w. stereo sound
Sound: Maile Colbert
Running time: 16min
Screenings / exhibitions:
Folds of Existence, American Medium, NYC, UK
Light Field, San Francisco, US
Edge of Frame, London International Animation Festival, UK
Mediated Matter, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, CPH, DK
Antimatter 2017, Victoria BC, Canada
EXPOSURE, curated by Tomonari Nishikawa, Kopernik Observatory & Science Center, Vestal, NY, US
25FPS Festival, curated by Mads Mikkelsen, Zagreb, Croatia
EXiS, Seoul, Southkorea
Imagine Science Film Festival, Paris, France
Fracto, Berlin, Germany
Artists' Television Access, San Francisco, US
Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
Union Docs (w. live score by Maile Colbert), NYC, US
Courtisane Festival, Ghent, Belgium
CPH:DOX 2017, CPH, DK (Festival World Premiere)
Danish Arts Foundation