The film tells the story of a craftsman’s creativity and his connection to a tree that extracts an invisible form from a material substance. The act of creating by a human being is subject to the power of the substance that governs the carver independently determining the result. The subjectivity of nature is also manifested in the film through chemical damage – images and memory are absorbed and disappear behind the veil.
What can be done with a film abandoned long ago somewhere in a provincial village? A damaged tape discovered in an amateur club may become an important finding and an art object when it gets into the archive. During the festival we will screen this film in the garden of a disappearing village of Lopushna near L’viv. The story of a media-dialogue with a tree, which was saved from oblivion, from natural (nature as agent) disappearance, will be screened for the trees in the garden in the centre of a village, which also ‘naturally’ evaporates due to impacts of urban modernity.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Film director: Viktor Kyzyma
Video mastering: Oleh Chornyi, Hennadiy Khmaruk
Music: Oleksiy Mikriukov
Curators: Bohdan Shumylovych, Oles Makhanets
Center for Urban History – www.lvivcenter.org
Location: the village of Lopushna