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Sound and Space Workshop

The culmination of the IMIAD Program was a two week workshop for the students from all six countries. We were divided into groups of roughly ten, and given a space and a movie. As a group, we had to come up with a way to recreate the atmosphere of the movie into the given space. My group's movie was The Element of Crime, by Lars von Trier. A dystopian, dangerous film, The Element of Crime is filled with anxiety and suspense. Our space was an old macello, or slaughterhouse, and it retained the uncomfortable atmosphere of its former life. We recreated the atmosphere of the movie by thrusting the viewer into a towering black space from the bright Swiss sunlight outside, and making them immediately walk across a surprisingly bumpy terrain covered by a reflective tarp. The tarp emulated water and was accented by a dripping sound echoing around the room. Once the viewer arrived at the glowing structure, they moved around the back to see a green light reflected in a mirror. A green light was used in the movie as the only point of truth and we used it as the culmination of our experience.

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