Ivul (the installation)
De Andrew Kötting installation 2009
IVUL (the installation) is a deconstruction and re-presentation of IVUL (the film). the film is the extraordinary story of Alex ivul, a young boy who climbs onto the roof of the family home and refuses ever to come back down to earth. He goes on to live out a brief and dramatic life deep in the forest up a tree. For IVUL (the installation) a world apart will be created using a forest of Bonsai trees and two key scenes from the film. television monitors presented as a Diptych will play looped performances relating to the plight of Alex's mother and Alex's sister. We watch the two women pleading with Alex to come back down to earth. traces of his presence are felt but we never see him. IVUL (the installation) will also incorporate artefacts pertaining to the film and a particular lighting effect that will transform the micro world of the Bonsai forest into a larger world of chiaroscuro and shadow. Accompanying the work will be a series of drawings made in collaboration with my daughter Eden around the themes of 'Still Life' or 'Nature Morte'. they will be made as a direct response to both the installation and objects commonplace to the film; costumes, props, photographs, books, records and trees. Traditionally 'Still Life' paintings, particularly before the 18th Century, would often contain allegorical symbolism relating to the objects depicted on the artists' studio table and this is something, which will correlate directly with the IVUL project as whole. PS. As a child I spent many hours hiding in bushes or climbing trees. The arboreal heights have always nurtured and inspired me. It is something that has continued into adulthood and still informs much of my life in the French Pyrenees. High above the ground the world looks small and manageable and it is from this vantage point that the idea for the ivUL story was born.
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