It’s so calm, no one around

Video HD  6’ 50’’ 

It’s so calm, no one around is a semi-fictional video diary that shows immediate physical exploration of the nature of a person grew up in a city.

It consists of black and white analog photography and black and white moving image. Photographs show different imaginaries of representing nature landscape, plants, and animals, such as children’s books, toys, souvenirs, photos of experiments, of food production, etc. Video shows the artist’s attempts to walk alone in the forest in the depopulated part of Croatia (Kuberton), where permanent residents of the forest are not withdrawing in an irregular and rarely human presence. 

Staying in Kuberton, within the assembly of unidentifiable sounds, bugs, and other traces of life, brought ambiguous and complicated sentiments on stake, conflicting the representation of nature as delightful and beloved raised by children’s books, cartoons, toys, clothes, and accessories. All of those inputs showed up as malfunctioned and distancing from gaining direct experience in the physical environment. 

The text tells about the experience of walking alone in nature, while the photographs bring former mediated encounters with nature that interweave and direct this experience.

Trough subtracting color information throughout the video, and encountering material through a desktop view, the structure doesn’t attempt to give a new picture of nature, but to challenge existing ones. 

The work tackles the limitations of representative media and the knowledge that is impossible to acquire without the direct physical presence.

Made as a part of AiR Kuberton, with the support of the  City of Rijeka- Department of Culture, Krinzinger ProjekteMuzej-Museo Lapidarium,  Gallery Flora and Gallery Spot .

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