Single channel video with stereo sound, 2017
Running time: 33'46''
Camera and field recordings: Luca Nasciuti
Editing: Luca Nasciuti
Music: Luca Nasciuti
The definition and assignment of national borders can be understood as a complex political maneuver. Constructs of land ownership imposed by international governmental bodies often cause division among diverse societies. The emerging of European nations after WWI and the birth of independent countries after the collapse of westerns empires are examples of the complexities of the process of nation-making.
In light of an understanding of place-making and land ownership dictated by political and economic events, the film ‘The Edge of Europe’ explores the notion of Europe as a way to reflect on the motivations supporting the result of the referendum in the UK that lead the way to the process of leaving the European Union, the insurgence of nationalist powers across the continent, and the growth of protectionist and antisemitic sentiments throughout the western world.
The audio-visual project reflects on a complex history that defies notions of political and cultural borders. Still and moving images appear and disappear throughout the film to allow different environments recorded in Portugal, Morocco and Turkey to blend as one. Images are spaced within black screens, voids, that are layered with field recordings. The interplay between the real and the processed, both visual and sonic, nurtures a sense of quest for truth, accuracy and synchronicity. The interaction between images, black screen, field recordings and noise alternate and overlap to lure the viewer and listener in and out of space, in and out of what we think we know and can relate to.