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The chronicle of increasing isolation of a group of artists attempting to reach the World's most remote human inhabited place, the island of Tristan da Cunha.
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On January 2016, we joined another six artists, a Captain and an expedition organizer to try to reach the World’s most remote human inhabited place, the British Overseas territory of Tristan da Cunha.
This remote island-community, in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, can only be reached by sea from either the Brazilian or South African coasts, after approximately a week of sailing.
We never made it to the island.
“TDCU IZZ” documents and reflects on the failed expedition in the form of a deconstructed reality TV show. The work not only traces the events that led to the abortion of the whole expedition through our eyes, but also draws parallels with Tristan da Cunha, and by looking at the history of the settlement, show how the world’s most remote enclave, is urban; part of the all encompassing fabric of Ecumenopolis.
The departure point of our research project, which we intertwined with our lived experience on board, was the postcode for Tristan da Cunha – TDCU IZZ. In 2005 the island's governor wrote to House of Lords for a colonial amendment to change Tristan's postcode to a more ‘UK sounding one’, in order to ease on-line shopping on e-Bay and Amazon. They wanted to be part of a global conversation. They changed their legislative landscape to be able to ‘perform urbanism’. Sorted in a dedicated warehouse in England, Tristanians receive their parcels every few months.
As the film highlights the connectivity of the island in the age of the Internet despite the geographical challenges that its remoteness poses, it also unfolds our increased isolation as a group of artists, removed from reality, on a boat to nowhere.
Music: Gosha Babanski
failed expedition to the most remote island
video 30' 11'' -- 2016