The Green and Pleasant Land
Taking as its subject different perceptions of the British landscape, this short 13 minute animated film is a roaming exploration of national identity and collective history. Using a 3D model of the United Kingdom, a variety of visual scenarios – poignant, nostalgic and absurd – are enacted using a ‘live’ animation technique. These scenes draw directly on user comments found below the line of videos and online newspaper articles concerning the English and British countryside.
What emerges is a meditation on the British landscape – both as an imaginary vision and as a new world digitally constructed. The film ultimately questions place and identity. The Green and Pleasant Land is a site where opinion, memory, history and highly charged emotion are given form, and are opened up for discussion and critique.
Animated Film, 14 min, English with English subtitles
This film was commissioned by Arebyte gallery and developed through a residency with support from Arts Council England. It was exhibited as part of Arebyte’s 2017 programme.