HISTORY OF A TREE

by FLATFORM
2020 / 4K / color / sound / 1S / 25' 00

HISTORY OF A TREE is a portrait and the subject is both a living non-human organism and the territory that it has lived in for a long time. The work has the ambition of becoming part of the field of portraiture, a fundamental component of the course of the whole history of art, rewriting, however, the nature of the subject, the methods of development and the technique of expression of the portrait. In fact, in this project the subject is a non-human living organism that is portrayed through moving images and sounds that have been localized in space, which then show the portrayed subject as an ideal witness to almost a thousand years of the history of an entire territory.
The tree at the center of the project is an oak born about 900 years ago, also known as the “Oak of the Hundred Knights”, and the place is an area around the town of Tricase.
This vegetal organism, marked both by a life in continuous growth and by an immovable fixed entity, is a perennial witness to the development of a place, that of its relevance, of the stories that have crossed its path in almost a thousand years and of cultures and languages that followed each other and that still coexist. These are stories of cataclysms, expansions and economic crises, of battles, technological achievements and struggles for emancipation but, above all, of everyday life. These are languages and cultures that speak of migratory flows at the origin of the current status of Europe.
The territory where this beautiful tree lives has been at the center of countless migratory flows of which the many languages still spoken today are tangible testimony: Arbëresh, Romani, Griko, Byzantine Greek, Hebrew, Yiddish, Turkish, Spanish, French and Salentino dialect.

2 PRINTS IN DISTRIBUTION


distribution format DCP on server (INTEROP 4K)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 30 fps
sound sound
original language English
rental fee 95,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 30 fps
sound sound
original language English
rental fee 95,00 €