Lopapeysa: short film
dir. David Scott Kessler, US/Iceland, 2014, HD, 15 min.
Lopapeysa, a short film by David Scott Kessler merges travel log with surreal fantasy. Primarily shot during a one month artist residency in Iceland last winter, the film explores the mindset of a traveler guided by a longing to fully experience an unknown place - led by his own preconceived ideas and the landscape’s ubiquitous influence. The film seeks to preserve the wonder of first exploration, a naive beauty difficult to recapture and often lost to familiarity.
Original score by Mary Lattimore and Benjamin Warfield.
"David Scott Kessler presents a stirring work of storytelling in his 15-minute video, Lopapeysa. Through a mixture of travelog, documentary footage, supernatural invocation, and digital effects, Kessler sets the tone for the show at large. Icy landscapes with floating, frozen animations drift between scenes of children playing with bones and a lone girl knitting at a loom. At one point, we watch a bundled old man walk a snow-white cat down the street on a leash. With the exception of the phantasmal digital segments, these depictions toe the line between palpably unique and horribly mundane. Oftentimes, fresh places become familiar with time, and we lose the allure of their beginnings. Kessler seems to encourage us to both find the new in that which has waned, and find comfort in that which is familiar."
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Installation view with bench, pelt and fireplace