Welcome to Caveland! is set in an allegorical world populated by fantasy animals, giant moles and figures from the underworld. The cave dwellers travel from city to city like a circus to present their ‘ecosophical’ tale in theatres and at festivals.
Kris Verdonck makes in ISOS reference to the world and characters depicted in the apocalyptic science-fiction novels by James Graham Ballard. Ballard portrays in his magic realistic stories and autobiographical works, intelligent and visionary descriptions of a future world, which increasingly resembles our contemporary neoliberal society.
Guided by headphones and holding a flashlight to illuminate the darkness of a big, empty and dormant theatre, you're cast as an 'extra' in what appears to be a dream-like rehearsal of powerlessness.
The Dutch artist Germaine Kruip transforms the theatrical space into a ‘field of cinematic experience’. Shadow, reflection, architecture, and stage become the characters in a filmic experience created in the moment itself.
Arjen Mulder (teacher and author, specialized in media theory) gives a talk on Paul Virilio and his book The aesthetics of disappearance (1980), one of the sources of inspiration for Germaine Kruip. Subsequently, Kruip and Mulder engage in conversation.