The Flow of Emerald
@Speculum Artium 2021
Experience the feeling of being submerged and flowing down with the stream of one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, the emerald green river Soča. Amidst Triglav national park, the river is flowing with its own pace and rhythm. Slowing its pace in the deepth, going in circles in whirlpools or speeding up through shallow rapids. With the help of a waterproof 360 camera viewer gets a unique perspective to this everchanging aquatic landscape. The project was realised during 2021 PifCamp in Trenta valley, also the instructions how to build waterproof housing are openly shared online. Submerged under the water undisturbed from the lack of air or the coldness of the river we can explore and experience unique water swirls, shadows and air bubble patterns, different shades of turquoise blue and green, rocks and pebbles moving in the flow of the stream. With its subtle appreciation to the delicate visual dance of nature the VR film derives inspiration from the eco-cinema genre and tries to build with the new technology and media upon a legacy of Andrej Zdravic’s films; Secrets of Soča (1995) and Riverglass (1997).
It takes 138 km for the emerald green river, that flows through western Slovenia and northeastern Italy, to reach the final destination of the Adriatic sea. The river had an important historical, cultural and socioeconomic role in the region. Soča river holds many secrets, has seen many things through history and was admired by many artists and poets. Its beauty hides the horrors of World War I and the battles that were fought alongside the river. Even in the present day the diversity of this aquatic landscape can still be admired from pristine mountain national park protected regions in the upper stream of the river to anthropogenically impacted and modified lower stream. Where some areas of the river serve as a warning on how a life full and energetic river can lose its vitality as a result of human activity. The end experience is a poetic journey through the never-seen underwater river landscape.
Special thanks to Pifcamp and Delavski dom Trbovlje for their contribution to the project.