Pieter Geenen

miniDV, 11′, 16:9, colour, stereo, 2008

atlantis shows a nocturnal landscape being scanned by a lightbeam. The searchlight of a boat on the Chinese Yangtze river explores the banks of the Three Gorges Reservoir, which came into existence due to the construction of the controversial Three Gorges Dam. Just before it would flood up to its final level of 175m this lightbeam reveals what soon is going to disappear below water level. Referring to the concentrated lightbeams in typical images of underwater discoveries and explorations, this video seems to explore a sunken universe, a land of which people seem to have left, with demolished and abandoned buildings, desolate forests and ghost ships.

Selected exhibitions & screenings:

Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) Paris 2013; Gaza International Festival for Video Art Bethlehem/Gaza City/Jerusalem (PS/IL) 2012; Saison Vidéo Lille 2012; Vidéographies[21] Festival des images expérimentales et numériques Liège 2012; VIDEOEX Zürich 2011; Hong Kong International Film Festival Hong Kong 2011; IN OUT Festival Gdansk 2010; New York Film Festival New York 2010; Rencontres Internationales Berlin 2010; One Shot International Short Film Festival Yerevan 2010; Rencontres Internationales Madrid 2010; Rencontres Internationales Paris 2009; Northern Film Festival Leeuwarden 2009; VAD International Video and Digital Arts Festival Girona 2009; Crosstalk Video Art Festival Budapest 2009; Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival Chicago 2009; Synoptic Visionaudial Art Meeting Pécs 2009; Media City International Festival of Film & Video Art Windsor 2009; European Media Art Festival (EMAF) Osnabrück 2009; Courtisane Festival Ghent 2009; All Art Now International Video Art Festival Damascus 2009;