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Effi Weiss and Amir Borenstein

The Vanishing Vanishing Point

2015, 28 mn

Production : La chose à trois jambes.

Since autumn 2005 we have been following an olive tree that was planted in the Parc Leopold, a small and well-tended park at the feet of the European Parliament, and a few  dozens of meters away from our apartment in Brussels. The Olive tree, as foreign as us, appeared in the park several weeks after our own arrival in this city. It was difficult not to regard it as a mirror, and the reflection it was sending us was quite discouraging. We visited this tree regularly, documenting it while constantly questioning this new attachment we were developing towards it. The tree’s condition has gradually deteriorated, until in spring 2012 it was removed, leaving an oval patch of soil on the green grass.

For quite some time we didn’t know how to use the material we have created and accumulated, both video documentation, staged clips and writings, until the day we looked at the park in Google Map, and found out that the tree was still there, not in the top view, but in the street view, still out there, continuously dying. The Vanishing Vanishing Point is a sort of a film-essay, a chain of thoughts and observations, at times concrete, at times poetic, that evolve along a contemplative walk in a European garden. In the garden there is a tree, and there is always a couple. The new world with its new supposedly unlimited knowledge is very tempting. 

The Vanishing Vanishing-Point is part of our current visual research into the world of Google Street View. 

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