Point of Departure
Shot in the terminal building at Stansted and at Trabzon airfield in Turkey, Ergin Cavusoglu’s ‘Point of Departure’ was a multi-screen installation that succeeded in capturing the equally multi-faceted experience of passing through the vibrant, often dislocating hubbub of the contemporary airport space. Into this quintessential ‘transit zone’, crowded with passengers and echoing with information, Cavusoglu smuggles a subtle and illuminating sub-text about the power and significance of translation — while X-ray machines scan the endless lines for anything dubious and out-of-place, Cavusoglu’s international travellers are themselves on the look-out for familiar patterns, seeking fleeting moments of contact and affinity within the airport’s complex field of meaning. Shuttling backwards and forwards between two contrasting points of origin, between fast-track, first world Europe and a place at its outermost edges, ‘Point of Departure’ is a vivid portrait of modernity that, like the airport itself, is a platform for intercultural insight and exchange.
Co-comissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.
Supported by Arts Council England and The Henry Moore Foundation with additional thanks to Haunch of Venison.Back to Projects