Unmade Film: The Reconnaissance


Unmade Film: The Reconnaissance, 2012–2013
Audio, 7’30”, slide projection (27 slides), slide projection (2 slides), chromogenic photographs mounted on aluminium, 85 x 100 cm. 

Unmade Film: The Reconnaissance presents extracts from a fictional conversation about a possible future film between Pier Paolo Pasolini, Robert Smithson (spoken by three voices), overheard sometime between 1963 and 1967, somewhere between Palestine and New Jersey. The backdrop of the conversation consists of ‘pastoral’ scenes of ruins in Palestine: Lifta, the only remaining ruin of more than 400 villages that were depopulated in 1948 and a new, unfinished construction near Ramallah.

Voices: Valérie de Dietrich, Vincent Ozanon, Jérôme Robart
Translation: Rula Giacaman (Arabic), Daniela Almansi (French)

© Uriel Orlow 2017