In his singular films, Nicholas Boone draws his viewers into realms somewhere between documentary, science fiction, and hallucination. His work can be spectacularly lethargic and refreshingly mundane at the same time, a juxtaposition that evokes the immersiveness comparable to being willingly stuck in the feverish landscape of a sublimely designed video game.
Although they were not conceived as such, we'll view the films Bailu Dream (2012), Hillbrow (2014), and Psaume (2015) as a triptych, since they speak a common visual language that seems to become more articulated and advanced with each new film.
In Bailu Dream we witness the making of a travel commercial in a typical French village. The fact that this village is situated in the Sichuan province of China is not the only reason why the film feels so uncanny. Hillbrow was filmed in the eponymous district of Johannesburg. Once a trendy cultural attraction, it has developed into a densely populated and rather violent working-class neighborhood. The film offers us ten local stories that transcend their geographical boundaries and whose fictional characters are played by the inhabitants presently living in the neighborhood. Psaume is set in a near future, where all the villages of a sub-Saharan area have been deserted. A few outcasts still roam the dusty white expanses of the deserts, engaging in captivating rituals that seem to echo a dark past.
AWL_014 NICOLAS BOONE
Wednesday 19 April 2017
doors open: 8.15 PM
program + tickets: WORM
address: Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam