Radioactive Tivoli

We might not live much longer. Today when we were having breakfast a storm was coming from nowhere. It was a bizarre view with the tivoli and the trees handling the wind and sand filling the air. When going back to our cottage the owner was screaming to Katya that we should be careful, cause he had never experienced a similar thing. Katya started to make me really scared by saying that maybe it’s radiation, “like Tjernobyl” she said…

21 years ago Katya was going into Kyiv city. It was both her 5th birthday and the traditional 1st of May celebration. Nobody had told the people of what had happened inTjernobyl four days earlier. Everyone was in the streets breathing the air from Tjernobyl, which is only around 100km from Kyiv. Sovjet Union information system. I’ve met it sometimes when being in Russia. When Kursk sank I was in Archangelsk and I recieved more news from home than the people I worked with got from russian media. A short  while later the TV-tower in Moscow was on fire that was also surrounded with very little information.

Radiation or not… this we might not know until later… Anyway, I figured there isn’t really a way to protect yourself. The old “duck and cover” method from 2nd world war America is the only one I’ve heard of and instead of hiding under a blanket I decided to get carried away with all the action the wind was causing.

We pretended that Sasha had been gone with the wind and that his striped shirt was stuck in a tree. I realised it was time for stressy woman and her plastic bags… but before I had gotten all my bags outside the wind started to calm down. Though the wind wasn’t as good as I wanted I think we shot some good scences representing stressy woman “hitting the wall”. This way to spontaniously do things and afterwards or during the action figure out what they represent is quite liberating. As I was editing some video material I also got to the core in some themes. The small films become starting points rather than artistic material by them selves. When editing, I have the time to process my impressions.Tobias is working on more artistic clips that he will use for VJ:ing and it’s quite good to divide it like that. The cottage was our studio the whole day. Katya went out with the garbage and came back saying “acid rain…” and made me scan my body from inside in search for radiation symptoms again…

by Lotta 10 Years, 7 Months ago.