LEAP after The Great Ecstacy 2011, Video Installation and Photographs, HD, 17'45"
LEAP (2011) observes a range of physical and psychological situations in the quest for a brief moment of perfection. Based around an annual worldcup event and set on the world’s largest natural skijump, LEAP was filmed during December 2010 in the high alpine valley of Engelberg, Switzerland. Inspired by Werner Herzog’s film ‘The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner’ (1974), the film charts the intense preparations for the event, both in terms of the physicality of the site and the individuals involved. Hence while the film observes in great detail those elements that contribute to the construction of a large scale event, at its core it is concerned with the psychology of perfection, the obsessive focus required to attain ten seconds of human flight, to briefly defy gravitational pull. Alongside the video-work is a series of photographs that look at the site, portraying the location like a character. Here the mixed light, fading daylight merging with glowing floodlight, speaks of the tensions and connections between nature and artifice, between the extraordinary and the everyday. (Please watch the trailer below in HD.)