They built the widened coral reef
2-channel video installation, 2019

In 'They built the widened coral reef', we find ourselves in an unnamed compound with a group of co-workers, engaged in conversations balancing between the intimate, unseen, latent and public small-talk. It seems that there are constantly something unsaid hidden in the conversations, something which has already happened and something which are still about to happen. Especially, the co-workers seem preoccupied with a group of musicians of which they can constantly hear, but which are always out of sight.

A restaurant owner is accompanying the house pianist through a seemingly infinite industrial kitchen where chefs cut and chop, sending vegetables flying. A couple eats dinner and speaks in great detail about the weather, while the landscape rushes past the restaurant's window as if they were sitting in a train compartment. The linear movement links the various scenes into a formal narrative of being on parallel lines that never meet.

Only when something disruptive enters the narrative, like a parasite, does disorientation arise.


Installation view. Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.



Installation view. Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.



Installation view. Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark. Photo: Malte Riis.



Installation view. Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.



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Credits:

Script:
Mark Tholander

Voices:
Kevin J. Bond
Janlyn Williams
Aundrea Sayrie
Joe Wilson Kolb

Camera:
Mark Tholander

Animation of filmed footage:
Mark Tholander

CGI:
Lars Hemmingsen Nørgaard (Midtjysk 3D Service)
Elisabet Hau (Midtjysk 3D Service)

Vector animation (tiger):
Sophia Ioannou Gjerding

Hand-drawn animation (tiger):
Mark Tholander

Karaoke animation:
Sergei Arzumanov

Composition (music):
Mark Tholander

Bas:
Damjan Kapor
Mitch Cockman

Guitar:
David Tobias Bonde Jensen
Nicholas Di Gregorio
Sergei Arzumanov

Drums:
Eli Mine
Emiliano Di Fiori

Piano:
Mark Tholander

Marimba:
Andrew Nittoli

Trumpet:
Matt Giella
Mihai Sorohan

Trombone:
Rainers Vestmanis
Miks Jukumsons-Jukumnieks
Victor Fuenmayor

English horn:
Jennifer Stucki

Synthesizer:
Mark Tholander

Sound editing / mixing:
William Kudahl




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