Against the Wind (Azotado per el Vieuto)

John Orentlicher

1994, 12:00 minutes, colour, English


Azotado Por El Viento / Against the Wind is a meditation on the central role of natural elements in shaping the land, culture and history of southern Chile from Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego south across the Straits of Magellan to Antarctica. The legacy of human settlement, both for the indigenous peoples of the region and the European colonizers, has been the constant struggle against a relentless and dominant nature reflected in the motion of wind and water, the power of fire and ice. The tape considers the human history of the effort to make a life on this high windy plain: the fragile construction of economies, the poignant architecture of colonial cemeteries in the austere landscape, the scattered remnants of technology inadequate and abandoned to the power of nature. Through the use of the unrelenting ambient sound of the wind and water in the tape, the viewer is located both within the physical extremity of the difficult landscape and the overwhelming force of nature.

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