A Short Film in collaboration with Sil van der Woerd
Drifters is a 12-minute short film that depicts concrete blocks in search of their origin and destination. Drifters is a collaboration with Sil van der Woerd and takes place in the Scottish Highlands, in which the entities represent the basic element of our built environment. The work can be seen from the perspective of whether the individual can escape from the collective.
Drifter calls on the viewer to reconsider our relationship with our living environment, which is often accepted as static and lifeless. It creates a sense of disbelief and displacement, creating tension between humanity versus nature, and chaos versus order. Disconnected from our expectations, it floats between the possible and impossible.
A cube represents a basic building unit, the primary element by which our built environment is constructed. On its own it is nothing, lost in space and time without reference to anything; it is always searching to be part of something bigger, to unify itself, to give itself purpose. Drifter emphasizes that without context we are lost. We are that block, learning how to evolve. Moreover, Drifter shows us how unknown the world and its mechanisms still are to mankind and emphasizes the urge we feel to expand our horizons and to evolve in time.
Drifters premiered at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in the solo exhibition Studio Drift: Coded Nature, which was on view from April 25 till August 26.