This is my degree piece for the Arts & Humanities MFA at DJCA. During the show I also directed a live scoring of the film, which you can find on the homepage.
The Lifespan of Utopias
This is a live scoring of an alternate cut of my degree show documentary; 'The Lifespan of Utopias'. The artist in the video is Anna Olafsson, an incredible musician whose work often deals with Scottish folks culture.
Besides the curious pairing of the film and music, it is definitely worth watching out for the effect that is added to the film as its centre is projected on Anna's back. An experience full of serendipity and beauty.
Live Score: The Lifespan of Utopias
Some photos from my residency in Greece (specifically Athens and Aegina) in April 2016. Some of these photos were taken in the Olympic Village which is now almost completely abandoned. A couple of stadiums are still used here and there, but mostly the venues are being left to decay. Recently, one of them has been used by the Government as temporary shelter for the many refugees arriving in Greece.
The other photos are from the island of Aegina, a lovely place near Greece. I find the contrast between the the two sets fascinating. On the one hand you have this decaying and iconic structures, a chase of glamour and success that is past its 'best by' date. On the other you have the folk culture of Aegina which has been consistent and organic for generations. It's the grassroots vs. the superficial.
This is my first short documentary in this style. In 2014 I went back to Brazil, where I am originally from, a few weeks before the Fifa World Cup. Reflecting about that experience, there is a lot in this film I wish I had done differently. But looking back on it, there is something that still interests me about the collection of people we met and their fascinating backgrounds.
The first scene is probably my favourite. You can see a train journey in the city of São Paulo. At first, the landscape is a group of favelas known as the 'Triangle of Death', which houses 1 millions people and has an extremely high mortality rate amongst teenagers. Within seconds, however, the train crosses a thin and invisible boarder and you can see some of the richest and high-end residential buildings in the whole country. The division between extreme wealth and extreme poverty in Brazil is almost inexistent. I hope to come back to this topic at some point in the future.