DRIFT -   2012

Anna Hallin & Olga Bergmann


THE EXTENDED MEANING OF DRIFT   - Halldór Björn Runólfsson  Director of National Gallery of Iceland 

Short film/installation about identity in relation to geology, length of feature 15 minutes. 
Shown as a single projection or an installation with four projections.

An inflatable model of Iceland that also looks similar to a simple organism departs on a journey and it is uncertain whether it can adapt to its changed environment and whether it belongs within Europe, with the USA or perhaps neither. Interlaced in the film is a dialogue with a couple of philosophers reflecting on aspects of identity and what shapes our identity, an interview with Finnish mineralogist - professor Joffi Eklund and animations depicting geological phenomena. The “interaction” of this inflatable landmass with people, animals and natural forces on the journey is also a significant part of this film.
This project is greatly inspired by aspects of geo-history and geomorphology – how in some strata and landscape ancient similarities and connections can be found between countries that today belong to distant continents, if one can for assume that countries have a geomorphic “identity” and in that way some countries have more in common than others; there is for instance a large chunk of Finland that now is a part of Brazil and Iceland used to be part of a “bridge” between N-America and Europe.   This is also interesting when reflecting upon how much geography and placement in reality shapes our own identity.
It is intriguing to imagine all this shifting and drifting of landmasses as a “time lapse” sequence - the most commonly used special effect used in nature films to show something in a few moments that in reality takes weeks, months or years. Some things are easier to scrutinize by shrinking eternity into a short story and the continents drift at the same speed as our nails grow or approximately 2 cm a year.