The Last Volcano explores how legends return in light of contemporary Icelandic volcanic eruptions. A narrator recalls a past Icelandic volcano that spread a cloud of poison gasses over Europe in the 18th Century. The gasses killed children, the elderly, animals and crops, and it was even considered a contributing factor to the unrest the lead up to the French Revolution. The story of historic disaster is set against a slowly revolving image set in a contemporary, colorful yet seemingly abandoned urban landscape in Norway. The resulting dissonance draws out tensions between ecological anxieties and material realities.
In Norwegian. Available with English or French subtitles.
The Last Volcano was a feature at the 2011 E-Poetry Festival, the five nation Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques Festival and other international events.