Fortunate Isles: Landings

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.


2016 Drop Ceiling, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
2016 Strange Landscapes, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA
2016 anthropoScene Film Festival, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia
2017 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris, France
2017 Off The Wall video art series,  Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI2
2018 Japan Media Arts Festival, Jury Selection, National Gallery of Art, Tokyo, Japan


Fortunate Isles