A wooden installation replicates the path that artist Els Viaene followed during an expedition through the Brazilian Amazon Forest in 2009. The three wooden arms of the sculpture are a scale model of the Amazon River and are filled with water. A headset and a hammer-like stick, the ‘hydrophone’, allow you to “hear” the water. Once you insert the stick into the water and you move along the twists and turns of the sculpture, the sounds Viaene recorded during the expedition are reproduced. The Mamori Expedition catapults the viewer into the middle of the Amazon forest and invites the viewer to explore the river and its sounds in a very tactile way.
Credits: Concept, audioregistration en technical realisation: Els Viaene;
wooden model: Joenes Verschuren; Microphone: Johan Vandermaelen; Coproduction: Netwerk Aalst; With the support of the flemish autorities, Q-O2 and Werktank
Mariner 9, 2012
3-channel HD video installation with 5.1 surround sound
20 minute loop, 43’ x 9’
Originally commissioned by Tyneside Cinema, UK
Mariner 9 presents a panoramic view of a Martian landscape set hundreds of years into the future, littered with the rusting remains from various missions to the planet. Despite its suggested abandoned state, several of the spacecraft continue to partially function, to do their intended jobs, to ultimately find signs of life, possibly transmitting the data back to no one.
Mariner 9 was created using scenery-generation software employed by the film and gaming industries in combination with technical data from NASA’s missions to Mars to produce a faithful artist’s rendering of Martian terrain, populated by the debris from centuries of exploration through real and imagined spacecraft in the centre of a duststorm. “Cinematic tropes of sci-fi films abound, but any search for a clear narrative is frustrated. Presented with minimal action, we wonder instead about the search for life beyond our own planet and the simultaneous destruction of life on earth.” (Laurel MacMillan, Programmer for TIFF Future Projections)