Building on his work with communities, Shezad Dawood explores common themes and challenges of our time.
British artist Shezad Dawood encourages the public to join in the conversation by making the first episode of Leviathan available to read online.
Leviathan is set in a future where inhabitants are the survivors of a catastrophic solar event. The episodes are each told from the point of view of different characters who wander across Europe, Asia and North Africa. The film was shot in a number of locations including the Adriatic Sea, the Natural History Museum in London and an abandoned island in the Venetian lagoon.
ArtAsiaPacific describes the films as part of their review of the Venice Biennale:
The first follows a character named Ben, and is, crudely put, a psychotic-seeming interior monologue paired with aquatic images of divers. The second part narrates the survival experience of a woman named Yasmine, whose defining personality trait is that she enjoys urinating in her jeans. She meets another survivor, a male, and views him as sexual prey; together, they visit a floating research platform where yet another survivor has taken refuge and has descended into madness.
The first episode of Leviathan is already available to read online, with more episodes to follow, including Episode Three in September 2017 in conjunction with the exhibition. In addition, during the exhibition there will be a public programme of agora-like debates that will be recorded online. The space is for scientists, researchers, students and the general public to exchange on ideas and challenges that the project raises.
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