And If In A Thousand Years shows at Firstsite, in the first in a series of stagings presenting moving-image work commissioned and produced by FVU.
And If In A Thousand Years digitally revives elements of a Hollywood film-set after it was deliberately buried, in an act of money-saving expediency, under the dunes of the Southern California desert. Over the years, the shifting sands have gradually exposed this piece of epic landfill, bringing souvenir hunters to gather where archaeologists used to tread. It is not just fake fragments of the past that are disinterred. What hovers over the place is a spirit of uncertainty; one that questions bedrock values like ‘originality’ and ‘authenticity’.