SUPERFLEX’s film Hunga Tonga navigates the dreamscapes of earth, sea and space through the different channels that connect humans, microscopic organisms, and the newly-formed volcanic island Hunga Tonga in the South Pacific. Through a huge volcanic eruption ten years ago, Hunga Tonga emerged from the depths of the ocean. Being a young island, Hunga Tonga exists as a porous interface between land and sea, rapidly evolving as it adjusts to its new life above water. Challenging human conceptions of time, narrative, and the boundaries between species, the film visualizes different, alien states of embodiment. Hunga Tonga invites the viewer to experience time like a volcanic island, ancient microscopic organism, or the ocean. As the island will tell you itself, nature is not static; there is no island outside of time.
The film is the outcome of SUPERFLEX’s expedition to Hunga Tonga aboard the good ship Dardanella in 2018. This journey was part of the larger research expedition called Deep Sea Minding, a series of encounters on water and land that sought to explore the refractory forces between scientific and artistic research, speculating the cross-species and cross-medium encounters facilitated by anticipated futures of immersion. Commissioned by TBA21-Academy, under their recurrent programme.