Rift was commissioned by Dark Ecology for the Vertical Cinema program:
35mm cinemascope presented in a vertical format.
rift 2 is the digital version of rift.
The video above is an excerpt from the presentation of rift 2
at my solo exhibition at ANX in Oslo jan-feb 2018.
rift is made of over 10000 microscope images of plastic wrappings for consumables.
rift is a film about petrochemicals, the completely different durations involved in the process from plankton to oil to plastic, the relation between depth and time through the layers of the Earth, the transformation and the forces involved in turning captured
sunlight into food for plants, plants into crude oil, extracting the oil and making
plastic which combined with ink (another petrochemical product) is turned into colourful
packaging for consumables, and then thrown away, adding to the heap of plastic in the
oceans and in the ground, with a much longer duration than the item it served as
packaging for, the person who bought it or the company that made it.
This might sound like a gloomy film, but it is also a film celebrating motion,
energy and colour, accompanied by Justin Bennetts groovy soundtrack.
It is my homage to the New Zealand artist and motion enthusiast Len Lye.
Vertical cinema screening at Masthuggskyrkan. Photo by Mikael Ringlander
rift 2 at ANX. Photo by Joakim Blattmann Moldestad