Rome dérive II

Video. Edition: 5
DV PAL, 16:9, loop, silent, 2006.

In Rome Dérive II, the silhouette of Rome functions as a scenography for the alterations of light and shadow as the clouds drift over the city, and as the day passes to night.

In Rome Dérive I-III video-series, Astala has filmed the city of Rome in different perspectives. The video material, especially in Rome derive I & II, was brought forth by random encounters, as a result of ‘drifting’ (dériver).

Urban space is on a general level a place for arrivals and departures, a flow of non-returnable moments. The notion of the eternal city all too easily creates an image of a static, even massive and heavy, permanent place. In these works Rome appears light and unattainable, changing and amorphous. It is a city passing by and streaming around you, its fixed points forever growing dim.