Western Rampart is a film work by SUPERFLEX challenging our perception of borders and boundaries - whether natural or human built, through time.
The film is set in the area of Vestvolden ("Western Rampart" in Danish), in which the 14 km rampart complex south west of Copenhagen was built between 1888 and 1892. As one of the last fortification systems of the city against foreign invasion and the largest, yet unfinished, construction project of its time in Denmark, it has been obsolete since World War I.
As a combination of visual and narrative poetry, magic realism and documentarism, Western Rampart is a tale featuring a gigantic Amanita muscaria mushroom in discussion with the revived Western Rampart. Through the existential conversation, two perspectives are opposed. While the rampart embodies the necessity of borders and walls for survival; the mushroom advocates for constant motion and circulation as everything is meant to continuously transform to thrive.
Shifting between view points the imagery of the film features perspectives from ultra slow motion, macro shots of animated nature to overviews depicting the largeness of the rampart construction. Western Rampart comes with a sound design that underlines the conflicting positions of being inside and outside, convinced and confused, firm and fluid.
A SUPERFLEX FILM
Producer: Patricia Drati
Camera: Sine Vadstrup Brooker, DFF
Drone operator: Jeppe Tang Jensen
Editor: Rikke Selin
Assistant editor: Copenhagen Brains
Original soundtrack: Black Institute
Sound design: Rasmus Winther Jensen
Colorgrading: Dicki Lakha
Script & screenplay: SUPERFLEX
Mushroom actor: Zeno Riz A Porta
Voice actors: Rasmus Hammerich as The Rampart, Charlotte Munch as The Mushroom
Mushroom costume: Anne Werner
Sound technician: Kristian Mondrup
Research and development: Angela Adeix, Cristina Casals Soler
Production assistant: Anne Kruckenberg
SUPERFLEX would like to thank
Commisioned by KOES
Developed with support by DFI
Produced with support from the Danish Arts Foundation