SANCTUARY – Live cinema
12th september 9:30 pm
La Pelanda – Teatro 1
SANCTUARY – Sound installation
13th September 6 pm – 2 am
La Pelanda – Teatro 1
Inspired by the myth of the elephants’ graveyard – a place where elephants instinctively know to go at the end of their lives in order to die alone – Carlos Casas’ Sanctuary is an immersive live film experience taking up themes of extinction, interspecies communication and the cinematic imaginary. Part adventure film, part experimental nature documentary, the narrative follows Nga, an aging elephant, and Sanra, his mahout, on their journey through a jungle in Sri Lanka. The pair is followed closely by a group of poachers who disappear one by one under mysterious circumstances. A spectacle of image, sound and light,the presentation features a live sound and infrasound recorded and developed by sound artist Chris Watson in collaboration with spatial sound specialist Tony Myatt.
Film by Carlos Casas
With Sinharaja, S.A Senevirathne, WarnaSandeeya, Wayne Bamford, Tony Lourds, Yashodha Suriyapperuma
Cinematography by Benjamin Echazarreta
Location sound and sound mix by Marc Parazon
Editing by Felipe Guerrero
Epilogue Music by Ariel Guzik
Additional Music by Sebastian Escofet
Vfx by Francesco Meneghini
Produced By Map Productions, Elena Hill Soda Film+Art, Olivier Marboeuf Spectre Productions, La Fabrique Phantom, Krzysztof Dabrowsky Kimnes&Bersch.
Live sound by Chris Watson
Sounds and infrasound recorded by Chris Watson and Tony Myatt in collaboration with Joyce Poole
Cemetery is supported by DICREAM, France; CNAP, France; Région Bretagne, France, Wellcome Trust, UK, Small Arts Awards Fund; FIDLAB Award, France; Outset South West, UK.
Carlos Casas presents the world premiere of Sanctuary, a site-specific sound environment by day that is transformed into an immersive live cinema experience in the evening. The free daytime installation explores the affective potential of spatial sound and infrasound – low-frequency noise, such as that used by elephants to communicate across long distances – as well as their connection with architectural space, music and psychology. A specially designed infrasound speaker located in the centre of the space is the first of its kind to reproduce the full range and depth of elephant communication. These infrasound tests are accompanied by sounds recorded in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park and played through an Ambisonics 3D sound spatialisation system, a full sphere surround sound technology. Casas invites visitors to lie down and experience this experimental sonic environment over the course of the day.