Andy Graydon, Vostok, Faretheewell, 2011 © Andy Graydon

Andy Graydon

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Vostok, Faretheewell, 2011

Vostok, Faretheewell tells the story of Yukitomo, a Japanese designer who arrives in Berlin as a tourist. He receives an unexpected phone call from a Korean film production company, asking him to design a 3D computer model for a space ship called the “Vostok” which will appear in a science-fiction movie. Our hero spends the film roaming Berlin, apparently with no direction or purpose. As he wanders about, he photographs materials and surfaces as inspiration for his own design. His efforts to create a science-fiction space ship become an expedition into Berlin’s past, as he encounters buildings that have served all kinds of functions in different eras under a variety of rulers. By using outdated super 8 film techniques, Graydon paradoxically achieves a timeless quality, lending his film – rather like the aspiring space ship – a utopian flavour.

Farwanderer, 2003

Farwanderer was made in Gansu Province China and in Berlin. The film is about transitional moments and how our identity is linked to time and place. Dreamlike images of cityscapes and landscapes are shown side-by-side on a split screen, while in voice-over we hear a traveller asking a friend back home to send him postcards with which he can create an imaginary space that is at once far away and familiar. The linking of past and future, presence and absence, flips at one point and the traveller becomes at home in the foreign reaches.

The Findings, 2013

The Findings presents a man’s futile attempt to find a treasured place he has lost and to show it to a person accompanying him. As he looks for the path in the forest, increasingly disoriented, he tries to describe what he is seeking. But rather than casting light on the matter, language only obfuscates the object and its location. This uncertainty is formally reflected in Graydon’s insertion of stills, repetitions, and sections of imageless leader into the moving image. And yet the narrative by the protagonist does render a picture in the mind of his listener. In this way, the thing he is looking for begins to take shape in our imaginations, while suggesting that this is the only place it ever really existed at all.

 

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