Amazonia (fragment of film)
Lucy + Jorge Orta, 2010
- Ref: 5550
- Materials: HD Diptych video projection
- Dimensions: Projection Ratio 16:9, Lenght 23'40''
- Catalogued: http://vimeo.com/23675020
- Exhibition history: 2013 PAV Turin Italy; 2012 EDF Foundation Paris; 2010 Natural History Museum London
- Courtesy: Courtesy of the Artists
- Concept: This double projection video draws the viewer into the Peruvian Amazon through stunning imagery and audio recorded by artists Lucy + Jorge Orta during their expedition in 2009. We are guided into the rain forest by the beautiful voice of Gaia and as the cloud forest dissipates, an unusual conversation between a man and a woman prompts us to reflect on the fragile balance between man and his natural environment. “My centre is everywhere - Everything – huge and hung together…”
As the poetic story unfolds, the viewer travels along the Amazon basin from its glacial sources at 4,800 metres in the Andes, passing through the grassland above the tree line, down through the elfin forest and mountain cloud forest, descending several thousand metres to the Amazon rainforest. The journey closes with a reflection on how we can shape the future. “Touch the nation any Human Tug - At any moment Our future will move.”
The film was commissioned by the contemporary program at the Natural History Museum London for a solo exhibition of the work by the artists. The poetry was composed for the film by eco-poet Mario Petrucci.