The Vase in the Container imagines the future of the colossal Kolyvan Vase (a real artefact currently residing in the Hermitage, St Petersburg – hauled into place before the museum’s walls were constructed around it). The film conceives of a world in which the Vase has escaped its static museum confinement for a transitory existence inside a shipping container. Told via the chat of a futuristic conspiracy forum, one theorist wonders; ‘Was the Vase a prophecy? Built to standardised dimensions before it became a necessity... eight by eight by twenty foot.’
Hazy mythology, tenuous links and plausible predictions trace out the Vase’s journey. As the Vase moves through archives, shipping routes, hidden economies and privatised spaces, we’re asked; where are these global flows taking us?
By Kris Lock & Josephine Sweeney
The Vase in the Container is the recipient of the 2018 Open School East Commission.