NXT creatives

Andrew Amorim

Kunst- og designhøgskolen i Bergen (KHiB) / Bergen Academy of Art and Design

Conquest of the Useless

Conquest of the Useless focuses on a character located in a tropical forest and his interaction with the landscape. My practice is very much about creating atmospheres though exploration of video and sound as mediums, in this case using movement and rhythm as key tools. These abstract elements are levelled by the concrete landscape and character through a non-lineal narrative. I wanted to see how the displacement and estrangement of the character can reflect the human condition and how simple movements of the body can decipher human experience and emotional states. As a juxtaposition to the rhythmical, mechanical and repetitive movements of the worker, some scenes show a more emotional gesture as the body collapses to the ground. The videos illuminate the theatrical aspects of the artist role and the title ridicules the concept of ‘man as conqueror’ but the work is unapologetic as it is both highly stylised and dramatic. The soundtrack fuses the live audio with subtle musical elements, creating a saturated and rich atmosphere in the exhibition space.

Artist Statement

Amorim explores the boundaries between fiction, documentary and modes of staging through carefully constructed scenarios captured on video. The acts carried out by the protagonist resemble the work routine of a forest labourer. There is a cultural and political history to the way work is executed which the character embodies but with no apparent result; only his movements and the monotone landscape remain. The work is repetitive, mechanic and slow; it is done with conviction yet is experienced as abstract and seemingly meaningless patterns in the forest. The worker is alienated and alone, hidden behind a net to protect him from the buzzing insects. The scenes are partly structured by the landscape and partly structured by the character´s interaction with the landscape. The videos emphasise space, fluidity and body language rather than a linear story. The collapsing figure, somewhat pathetic, gives way for a poetic relationship between the character, the forest and the viewer.