The year is 2070 and you are about to be catapulted into an absurd, yet eerily plausible yoga session. Through an odyssey that transcends the bounds of conventional cinema, a captivating experiment unfolds, one that plunges its participants into profound contemplations on the interplay between humanity, nature and the wellness industry.
At the heart of this journey, is a gilded figure who gracefully undertakes a series of poses under the guidance of an off-screen narrator. Through celestial cues, serenity takes a surreal turn, evolving into a paradoxical and ultimately rather uncomfortable experience. Unfolding disrupts the instructor's role as a spiritual guide, illuminating the delicate dance between humanity and the environment.
Anne Fehres and Luke Conroy weave a narrative that challenges preconceived notions about our relationship to the natural world. By doing so, they invite viewers to reimagine their surroundings and actively respond to the climate crisis, through a distinctive, emotional approach that fosters empathy for both the human and the non-human in our existence. Their methodology combines visual stimulation, profound content and a dash of humour, providing a unique lens through which to explore the urgent issue of our time.
– Vanja Kaludjercic (Director, International Film Festival Rotterdam)
Installation view, International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands
U N F O L D I N G, 2024, 4K, Full Version: 16:00 min, color, stereo sound
Directed, Written and D.O.P.: ANNE FEHRES
Written & Edited: LUKE CONROY
Sound design & Music: JIM ZWEERTS
AI, Graphic & Motion design: LUKE CONROY
Starring: DAVID SEFERINO / MAROULA ILIOPOULOU / ANTHONY BLOKDIJK
Voice over: ERIC BOWIE / EMMA TIGAN / BENJAMIN BRUNKEN / JULIETTE-MELODY HUGHES
The installation Unfolding premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2024 as part of the Art Directions: installations programme. The installation was at the central hall of Rotterdam Central Station from 25 January – 4 February 2024.
Installation view, Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Honggah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Supported by Filmboard Karlsruhe