by Kurt D'HAESELEER
2008 / Mini DV / color / sound / 1S / 19' 00
A moving, living membrane seperates spectators from the historical world depicted in the video, but breaks down slowly, infested by pixelbacteria. 'Archaic Smile ' explores the world of archaeological theme parks and re-enactments of historic battles. The participants try to bring history back to life as realistically as possible. Re-enacting and reliving the past transforms history into something you can experience yourself, into something that is alive and authentic. They are both an answer to the mediatised world, in which we tend to experience more and more through a (computer)screen, as a reaction to the fictionalization of the past in Hollywood films. But to which extent is it possible to create an authentic image of the past? The re-enactments eventually tell us more about our time than about history.
|distribution format||Digital file on server (PAL)|
|screen||4/3 (single screen)|
|rental fee||60,00 €|