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 Quicksand (2017)
Single screen HD video projection
5.1 surround sound
21 minutes
 
Camera: Giuseppe Politi, Sam Orams, George Ramsey
Sound design and mix: Mikkel H. Eriksen
Script: Nikolaj Larsen & Duncan Pickstock
 

‘Quicksand’ is an audio and video installation set in 2033. It tells the story of Jason, a man fighting for his life in the Mediterranean Sea. 'Quicksand' amplifies tendencies within present day Europe and sets it in the near future in a hostile environment where the manufacturing industry is long gone, job security is a thing of the past, and people are competing for work that is poorly paid and on a casual basis. The economy has imploded, hospitals and state schools are closing, trains rarely run. Politically, the far right has become increasingly influential, taking advantage of people’s frustrations to stoke resentment against immigrants. EU has collapsed and throughout Europe, borders have closed. It is against this backdrop that Jason, a husband and father has decided to join the exodus of people who pay people smugglers to help them leave Europe in the hope of starting a new life ‘somewhere else’. Jason’s journey ends when the boat he is in capsizes and he and many other European migrants are struggling to survive.

'QUICKSAND' is commissioned by Goethe-Institut London and Culture+Conflict and supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Embassy of Denmark in London and The Elephant Trust.