Establishing Eden

FullHD video, 10 min, loop, 2016

music by Gwendloyn Thomas & Berend Dubbe

Relics of the Real at AKINCI, photo Gert Jan van Rooij


With their film Establishing Eden, nominated for the IFFR Tiger Awards, Broersen & Lukács plunge into the spectacle of the establishment shot: the moment a landscape is presented and becomes a penetrating metaphor for the narrative it stages.
Creating an architecture of fragments connected by the camera-movement of a perpetual establishment shot, reconstructed from blockbusters like 'Avatar' (James Cameron, 2009) and 'Lord of the Rings' (Peter Jackson, 2001-2014), Broersen & Lukács explore the evergreen and unspoilt scenery of New Zealand, as confiscated by the entertainment industry as a worldly Land of Eden.