2013, b&w/color/sound, total running time: 8 mins 39 secs, single channel HD video
Sun City explores the town of Benidorm, Spain, a metropolis that benefits from an extraordinarily sun-rich microclimate. Using stop-motion animation, Benidorm transforms from sleepy fishing village to the vacationers mini-Manhattan visible today. Through photographic reconstruction and collage of past and present imagery, the video suggests that man has worshipped the sun here for thousands of years, and the buildings have evolved like plants, grown by the sun itself. In the end, this living town is transformed into something far more valuable than a tourist destination; it is a machine for harnessing light. It’s the ultimate solar power station, where energy value trumps that of beauty and pleasure.
The work was created during an artist residency organized by ARTPORT_making waves. Rob Carter was the winner of the second edition of "Cool Stories for When the Planet gets Hot", a biennial competition for short films on climate change, issued by ARTPORT. artport-project.org
This project was also made possible by the support of la Fundación INSPIRARTE.