23 min., DCP, 2020

Recent footage of melting polar ice in Greenland as shown in the global mass media has represented the country as both the ground zero of climate crisis and a vast expanse for resource exploitation. The film Aasivissuit aims to provide a different view, showing instead the landscape and its inhabitants, focusing on people’s discussions about climate change and how they adapt in their complex relationship with the changing environment.

The film follows two park rangers at work and on expeditions through the sunlit grasslands of West Greenland. As they talk, they exchange new and old knowledge of the land, for example, how ancient fertile sediment from Greenland is used to fertilize depleted soil abroad, and how microbes have adapted to deal with pollution. In the meantime, the landscape and its inhabitants perform their acts.



Advisers: Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann, Pauline Knudsen, Jonas Petersen, Adam Lyberth, Aka Hansen

Director: Jasper Coppes
Producer: VRIZA - Lonnie van Brummelen
Co-producer: Uilu stories - Aka Hansen

Cast: Adam Lyberth, Francisca Davidsen Olsen, Pauline Knudsen

Production Manager: Ane Lena Fussing Rosbach

Cinematography: Ulannaq Ingemann, Onno Petersen, Casper Brink, Wim van Egmond

Sound: Malu Peeters, Peter Seeba

Editor: Jasper Coppes

Music: Elisabeth Petrussen Rosing

Translation: Vivi Nielsen, Ane Lena Fussing Rosbac
Graphic Design: David Bennewith

Flow Country

10:15 min., super 16mm (tranfer to HD and 35mm), 2017

Like a visual fieldwork notebook, the fragmented scenes of a 16mm film pose a question: what does it mean to survey the layers of past and present in a desolate landscape? Remnants of ecological and social transformations are brought into view as historical records of a contested site. The Flow Country is the largest expanse of blanket peat in the Northern hemisphere and is of international significance because it provides a habitat for many unique and rare communities and species of specialized flora and fauna. Attempts at industrialization in the form of tax deduction forests, military test flights, hydropower, nuclear and wind energy have left their mark. More recent changes to the landscape were initiated by peat land restoration, wildlife protection and research into the carbon reducing capacities of moss. By navigating sound equipment and camera through the land in the company of an archaeologist, the film superimposes earlier attempts to designate or desecrate this vast expanse – blurring the distinction between that which is, has been or is yet to come. Flow Country investigates the medium of 16mm film as an archeological record in itself. It proposes the idea that the 'archaeology of the present' can be a site of production. It directs the role of the archaeologist from that of the observer of a disconnected past towards that of an active agent in the creation of future historical layers.

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Director: Jasper Coppes

Archaeologist: Dan Lee

Cinematography: Casper Brink

Sound: Malu Peeters

Edit: Jasper Coppes

Past screenings:

CCA, Glasgow

Rietveld TV

filmhuis cavia Amsterdam, NL

Glasgow Short Film Festival, UK

Inverness Film Festival, UK

Cromarty Film Festival, UK

RHCL, Maastricht, NL

Royal Academy of Arts, Den Haag

Loods 6, Amsterdam, NL

Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL

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