Relentlessly pursuing each other, fighter planes plunge from night to day connecting floating shores and seascape horizons of the Above and the Below, signifying the realms of life and death. The time/space dimension of the film spins the oily black night-time shore and the washed-out haze of early dawn into an alchemical vision where “What is the above is from the below and the below is from the above”. Fields of poppy flowers dissolve into sleep and peace. In the inferno the fighter is looking out of the gates of hell, while the fire in the centre of the earth is a reference to our own being.
Elysian Fields was inspired by the sacrifices made by generations preceding ours and is also an exploration of World War II.
Ina Conradi-Chavez is an award-winning media artist living and working in Singapore. Her research interests focus on new media art that redefines the wide spectrum of “what painting can be”. She translates the traditional act of painting into variable media spaces, also exploring 3D stereography, and creating new visual experiences.
Conradi-Chavez has exhibited and screened her works internationally. As a Qualifying Screening Entry Elysian Fields was shown at the 86th Academy Awards. She has also participated in numerous other events including the prestigious Ars Electronica Festival’s Deep Space in Austria.