Eye Farm

20 min / HD video / 2016

The first part of an ongoing research project, Eye Farm is an essayistic film exploring the mediation of human and nonhuman sight through agriculture. The film observes the contemporary representation of agriculture through drone-mounted cameras and hyper-realistic computer animated landscapes to raise questions about the political implications of sight, land boundaries, and ideological narrative. Starting from the contingency of the human eye on plant matter activated in the process of digestion, the narrative moves through the vast variety of representations of wheat, both historical and contemporary, to dwell on the relationship between this crop, understood to be at the foundation of Western civilization, and modes of seeing.

Story / Edit / Sound: Beny Wagner

Animation: GVN908

Sound mix: Rob Driessen

Co-produced by VideoPower

Presentations:

Outside / Eye Farm, Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, Amsterdam, 2018

Heroic vs. Holistic: Erotic Eco Drama, Plato, Ostrava, Czech Republic, 2017

Mind Body Dialogue, Nocturnal Reflections, Santarcangelo Festival, Rimini, Italy, 2017

Prix Jeune Creation (Nomination), Movimenta Biennale, Nice, France, 2017

Opening SAM Ateliers, Maastricht, 2017

Kunsttour, Maastricht, 2017

L1 - Videopower Night, 2017

46th International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2017

5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, 2016

Bots, Bodies, Beasts, Studium Generale, Amsterdam, 2016

Jan van Eyck Open Studios, Maastricht, NL, 2016

Exhibition views, Jan van Eyck Open Studios, Maastricht, NL, 2016

Exhibition view, Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, Amsterdam, 2018