WIM CATRYSSE Outpost
Digging ever deeper, a dark perspective on a society which has reached a terminal industrial stage.
Outpost zooms in on the grim reality of an isolated community of miners in Barentsburg, Russia's most northerly settlement, located in the polar landscape of Svalbard. In recent years, mining has become less and less profitable, but because of the geopolitical and strategic importance of this Arctic archipelago, Russia is keen to maintain its presence.
Although Catrysse avoids explicit statements on the wider political context, the viewer cannot but notice a state of denial. Outpost offers a dark perspective on a community that seems to have arrived at a terminal stage of an industry, en route to total exhaustion.
+ AFTERTALK w/ Alan Quireyns, director AIR Antwerp.
Outpost had its first existence in an arrangement for the music theater performance Earth Diver (2016), a production of Muziektheater Transparant and ChorWerk Ruhr for the Ruhrtriennale.
director, camera, editing, sound design: Wim Catrysse sound: Jan Van Look ⎪ production: Escautville ⎪ coproduction: Muziektheater Transparant ⎪ with the support of Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF)