08 May The Endemic Project | An Immersive Installation Experience by Bryan Little
Feeling sick of feeding the internet with his films, filmmaker and artist Bryan Little created The Endemic Project. This immersive installation experience on Rhodes Drive, Cape Town consists of what can only be described as ‘light paintings’. Made from reflector tape, these works depict species of animals that are endemic to the Western Cape and the fynbos floral kingdom. Placed alongside Rhodes Drive, they are only visible when you drive from Kirstenbosch towards the Constantia Nek circle at night.
Bryan explains, “For this project I wanted to turn people’s cars into spaceships to take them on a journey to explore their back garden.” He wanted to experiment with the traditional cinema experience and to find new ways of telling stories. This project is one his first forays into what he calls “future film”. Speaking about the execution of the work, he says that he deliberately kept it very simple. He removed the camera, made it site specific, placed the audience inside the scene and made the car’s motion the element of time and narrative.
Bryan explains that none of the animals depicted are found along Rhodes Drive anymore. They could still exist in the area if the alien trees to which the artworks are nailed weren’t there. He says, “It’s an interesting frontline between comfort and conservation, indicative of a global struggle.” When you take the tour, watch out for animals like the Geometric Tortoise, the Orange-Breasted Sunbird and the Ghost Frog. Download the geo-tagged soundtrack before you head out. Then, as you drive past each artwork at an optimal speed of 50km/h, you can trigger each creature’s unique sound to create a multi-sensory experience.
A Bryan Little project
Installation crew: Dane Dodds, Rasmus Bitsch and Dylan le Roux
Producer: Filipa Domingues
Soundtrack: Arranged by Sylvan Aztok
Movi-rig Shot: Grant Appleton and Diogo Domingues
Studio footage: Dane Dodds
Special thanks to Dr Rob Little, Bernard Wooding, Elandsberg Reserve and Ian Sinclair