Fiction & Interactive Installation
Lagunas is a triptych between memory, death and water.
Lagunas is standing water, still, that calls death and tells the story of a death.
Lagunas ancient memories, fragments of archaic existence.
We are constantly altering our memories so that the past won’t conflict with the present.
Lagunas is a fictional & interactive installation, a triptych between memory, death and water. Pre-historic landscapes call death and tell the story of a death, a death in the water; but also the death of water in planet Earth.
Lagunas is dark, still and somber. Silent landscapes of stagnant water; dying fish; the lake water is gloomy, the water is thick, algae and mud overshadow the depths. Beneath the surface a man lies too far-gone. He’s dying underwater. Suddenly exterior magnetic forces start attracting archaic rocks from beneath the water depths. The rocks lift over and over, to the surface and far beyond the airs. Drilling machines emerge in the landscape: twisting, turning, cliffing in between the mountains. The drilling machines intercept the levitating rocks, destroying the rocks and turning them back to smaller pieces of stone that prominently after destruction fall back into the water. The man’s abandoned body starts receiving the impacts of the rocks and finally wakes up trying to safe his life. In the struggle the man looses consciousness and the cycle starts again: Drowning is imminent, the man gives death without a fight, accepts fate without struggle and delivers to oblivion.
The lakes and mountain landscapes have been filmed in Colombia, in “Chingaza Natural National Park”, a natural reserve located in the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes, in the northeast of Bogota. The elevation of the mountains surrounding the natural glacial lakes ranges from 800 to 4,020 meters.
· 3 screens
· 3 mirrors
· 3 water tabs with custom electronics & sensors (no water connection)
· 4 speakers
LAGUNAS TEAM & SUPPORT
Project conceived & directed by Laura Colmenares Guerra
3D modeling & Animation: Rémy Gosselin / Abdoul Diallo / Samson Michel / Laura Colmenares Guerra
3D water simulations: Remy Gosselin / Samson Michel
Compositing: Remy Gosselin / Laura Colmenares Guerra
Software & interaction design: Yacine Sebti
Music: Rafael Muñoz & Loup Mormon
Story Board: Leonard Delebecq
Installation construction: Alexis Lorich
Text translations: Anne Vereecken
Featuring: Juan Bernardo Martinez
Underwater camera: Wim Michiels || LITES
Underwater camera assistant: Jan Lemmens
Security diver: Karen Jensen
Surface camera assistant: Ruby van der Kooij
Phantom Operator: Stijn Berghman
Direction assistance: Kristina Ianachkova
Parque Nacional Natural Chingaza shootings:
Conchita Guerra / Laura Colmenares Guerra
Direction assistance: Daisy Peralta