This project expands on the idea of how tourism affects the spiritual experience of the temples of Angkor. I wanted to explore the interrelation of traditional past and developing present at Angkor, and questions what they mean for the future of this historical and sacred site. Originally reserved for religious activities, these structures are now some of the greatest tourist attractions in the world. These timelapse-loop videos meld the experience of tourism at Angkor into surreal, kaleidoscopic images and sequences inspired by Theravada Buddhist mandalas, in which the frenetic activity of backpack-toting tourists passes like the shadows of ever moving clouds over the weathered, ancient stones.
Video and editing: Antal Gabelics
Music: Pantha Du Prince – Mad Rush Organ Remix (Rework: Philip Glass Remixed) edited by Ákos Turzai
Thanks: Ákos Turzai, Narisara Murray, John McDermott, Bina Hanley, Sasha Constable, Dana Langlois (ourcityfestival.org)