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Alex monteith
Cascade Cove in the Shadow of 150,000 Bones
Experimental doc. | hdv | color and b&w | 13'0'' | New Zealand | 2015
SYNOPSIS Film essay recorded in Aotearoa / New Zealand`s Cascade Cove, Tamatea / Dusky Sound; one of the wettest places on earth. After he had sailed there for the first time in 1770, James Cook spent more than two months in Tamatea in Aotearoa on his second journey in 1773. Cascade Cove within Tamatea is also near to the sites of the earliest archeological digs of the lower fiords of Aotearoa. The Begg Brothers, then in the modern era, Peter Coutts, each made various archeological incursions looking for and removing both settler and Maori material culture from the area. This film compiles observations of the intensity of weather atmosphere as a physical expression of tension between elemental forces, as a way of approaching a contested past in which European research methods overran already existing Maori knowledge production about the area. This film is part of an ongoing series of work about this area of Aotearoa.
Alex Monteith Biography (1977-) born Belfast, Northern Ireland, resides Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa resides in Piha, Aotearoa Alex Monteith’s works often explore the political dimensions of culture engaged in turmoil over land ownership, history and occupation. The works traverse political movements, contemporary sports, culture and social activities. Projects often take place in large-scale or extreme geographies. Recent surfing related actions connect the museum directly to local geography through participatory performance projects.