January 25, 2011

Misconceptions of the Northern Lights


Concept and proposal: Eleanor Grootook’s planned destination was Sweden. In Stockholm she would conduct research for two months for her trip to the polar circle. She wanted to make a stop-motion film, using the latest HDR technology, about the Aurora Borealis (Northern lights). She wants to collaborate with Matthijs Herder who will provide music and sounds.

“I do not intend to make a film that is too esoteric, or a nature film. My idea is in fact to draw inspiration from conversations I want to have with the local population, to create a modernist translation of the folklore and, with the aid of materials I come across on location, to write a scenario for an art film, which is played out in the real-time setting of the Northern lights.”

The incidence of light has always been an important aspect of Eleanor’s work. She is seeking an image that remains etched in the memory. Once every 11 years, the Northern lights are extra powerful – the next time this will be expected is in the winter of 2011 / 2012.