Andrej Zdravič. Ocean Cantos
14 Jan 2017 – 9 Apr 2017
- Auguststr. 75
Andrej Zdravič’s film installation Ocean Cantos represents the first exhibition of the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation dedicated to a contemporary filmmaker and sound composer.
Zdravič shares with photographer Alfred Ehrhardt – also a filmmaker and musician – a passion for music and nature, in particular for the observation of the patterns and the chaotic powers of the sea.
With his perception of sound and visual rhythm, Zdravič developed a distinct cinema language that engenders, in his words, an intimate experience of the energies and spiritual aspects of natural phenomena: "I have always been fascinated by, and challenged to project in my films the therapeutic energy of movement in nature that contains fundamental principles and a great narrative potential. Water has always held a special place in my heart, and I have kept returning to it, studying it over the years, which resulted in films such as Riverglass – poetic river ballet to the music of natural sounds. The ocean in particular fascinates me, its rhythms and ever-changing moods seem to reflect the breath of inner space. My films Ocean Beat, Origin, Water Waves ... are the result of this continuing desire to understand and see better the grand forces of nature and the message they portend for humanity."
Ocean Cantos is a continuation of Zdravič’s explorations of the ocean, "conceived as an evolving series of short films" from diverse locations in the world. The exhibition presents the premiere screening of the first volume of Ocean Cantos, which was filmed on the Pacific coast of California (2013) and on the Cantabrian Sea shores of Northern Spain (2014–15).