Wed 14 Mar '18 - Film

Itinerant Movies #4 – Kon-Tiki – Thor Heyerdahl

Restriction leads to Perception

The Avantgardistic State likes to play with ideas round boundaries and recstrictions, whether cultural, physical or mental. We are delighted therefore to announce a new programme; Cinema Architecture 2018: Itinerant Movies.

The intention is to show films shot ‘entirely in a single vehicle’. This means that each film can be seen as a specific vector that describes trajectories and movements marked through a Cartesian coordinate system or simply a map. With their deliberate visual restriction, the narrative of single-set films depends on the tension between the inside (vehicle) and the outside space (landscape).

These films transport the spectator from place to place, albeit with a clear spatial reference, namely the vehicle. Sailing along the Maas river by boat, moving across New York in a limousine or flying over the Robert Smithsons Spiral Jetty in a helicopter channels the perception of the landscape in a linear way: what is left behind is the known territory, what lies ahead is the unknown. Through this process the space is revealed to the spectator gradually, building up their own memories, associations, expectations, creating their own mental map on the way.

Deconstructing and reconstructing the architectural space depicted in the film engages the spectator in an active process of discovery.

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Film #4: Kon-Tiki – Thor Heyerdahl (1950, NO – SE, 77 min)
Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl set sail in 1947 for an oceanic trip with a tiny wood raft, the Kon-Tiki (after the old name of Inca sun god), successfully completing a 7000 km journey from Peru to Tahiti. Heyerdahl was convinced that pre-Columbian Polynesian natives had regularly made trips across the ocean in similar rafts. His aim in mounting the Kon-Tiki expedition was to show, by using only the materials and technologies available to those people at the time, that there were no technical reasons to prevent them from having done so. Although the expedition carried some modern equipment, such as a radio, watches, charts, sextant, and metal knives, Heyerdahl argued they were incidental to the purpose of proving that the raft itself could make the journey.