The installation Beautiful Isle of Somewhere is filmed over the course of two years in three countries. The sequence begins with a replicant of a Dutch village on a hillside in Kemer, Turkey followed by tropical rainforest built on a former airfield of the Luftwaffe and ending on The Harmony of the Seas proclaimed as the world’s largest cruise ship.
The locations are architecturally and ecologically disjoined from their context and separate from their immediate surroundings. Of the many motifs which occupied me throughout the process of the project, the rhythm of the architecture is what determined the rhythm and coherence of the edit. It portrays counterfeit environments that while evoking recognition are at the same totally alien, thus accentuating the virtually of these touristic gazes.
This work has been made possible the support of Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Javis and Young Art Fund Amsterdam.
In collaboration and exchange with philosopher Ruud Welten he wrote an essay Oceanic Feeling inspired by the installation.
Installation view RijksakademieOPEN 2016, Photo by G.J. van Rooij
Text Oceanic Feeling written by Ruud Welten