German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt presents In the Land of Drought, 2015–17, in its Australian premiere, at the National Gallery of Victoria. This film work confronts the relationship between humanity and its impact on the world, resonating with current concerns about environmental degradation, decay and climate change. The projection is both a speculative dystopian environment and strange human ritual.
Set to atmospheric sounds and a pulsating hum, the 43-minute film looks back from an imagined future to the post-Anthropocene: the aftermath of significant human influence on Earth. We see an army of scientists appear to investigate the archaeological remnants of civilisation after humanity has made itself extinct.
Shot in Morocco and Germany using a drone, Rosefeldt’s images hover meditatively over desolate landscape and ruins. The drone’s bird’s-eye view, suggesting surveillance, removes human perspective, with onlookers kept at a distance throughout.
In the Land of Drought was purchased with the assistance of the 2017 NGV Curatorial Tour donors.
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