Cross Country Run

Duration :8 min 46 sec [2004]

Watch Cross Country Run on Vimeo here A blue silhouette of a man runs through a disjointed space, never interacting with the floating landscape. The imaginary landscape passes through the screen from right to left faking motion, wrapped in a bell-shaped musical piece by P. Glass. No distance will be covered. This is a tracking shot without any real movement.
  Some of the fragments depicted, -construction sites, traffic and bulldozers- connote a time of upheavals. Others, like the leaves, electricity pylons and cable, the wind blowing through torn flags and a blown up Santa Claus suggest a rootlessness, the absence of a firm attachment to reality. The place could be anywhere but all these images originated in Pafos. This man, taken from photographs shot more than a dozen decades ago, does not belong here. Rootless, insular, unseeing and unseen, he is a cut out, and cut off from his history, his culture and his project.

 

Το «Cross country run» είναι ένα ταξίδι μέσα στη χώρα, μια ανάγκη να την διασταυρώσομε τα σύνορα, ή τα όρια μας καθώς ένας δρομέας ταξιδεύει φαντασιακά σε ένα συνεχώς μεταβαλλόμενο ανομοιογενές τοπίο. Τίποτε όμως δεν θα αλλάξει, η κίνηση παραμένει ιδεατή, και η γη, το χώμα ένα τοπίο ρευστό, κατακερματισμένο από μεταμοντέρνες ουλές, και ο ίδιος, ένα απόκομμα, θα παραμείνει αποκομμένος από τη γη, την ιστορία και τον πολιτισμό του.

 

Music:

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra - 2nd movement by Philip Glass.

Violin: Gideon Kremer

Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi
Wiener Philarmoniker