Fortunate Isles: Landings

The first film in a series, Fortunate Isles: Landings, premiered on April 1st at Space 1026 in the exhibition Drop Ceiling. It was included in the exhibition Strange Landscapes at the Arlington Art Center from June 25, 2016 to October 2, 2016.  Fortunate Isles: Landings was shortlisted for the anthropoScene Film Competition and was shown during the International Festival of Landscape Architecture: Not In My Backyard Screening at the National Museum of Australia on October 28th, 2016. It will be included in the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin 2017: New Cinema and Contemporary Art.


Drawing upon the name of earthly paradise in Greek mythology, the film Fortunate Isles: Landings explores the awakening of sentience and biological complexity within digital images. To fully inhabit utopian and cinematic visions of analog & digital interpretations of landscape, Fortunate Isles: Landings is filmed on location at sites of human achievement and continuous habitation; the level Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah and remote cliffs of Salvage, Newfoundland, respectively. Within the film, performers wore chroma-key suits on site that, during editing, allow the suit’s geometric faces to be digitally blanked and replaced with hand-drawn animation. Through the dialogue of gaps and joins created by the subtle collapsed spaces between layers of inter-narrative animation, questions of evolution, reality, and wonder begin to surface. The figures each carry a drawn experience inscribed into their outer forms. A patina of frames progressing forward echoes an imprinted memory; Landscapes are portable.


Fortunate Isles