The Subterranean Imprint Archive

  • 15'
  • South Africa
  • 2021

It is general knowledge that the Yanks dropped Little Boy on Hiroshima, but where did the uranium come from that gave it its power? From the Congo, explains this VR experience that takes you to the Shinkolobwe mine where Congolese miners excavate the radiation-rich material without protective equipment. This marks the start of a journey into deeply buried histories: alternatives to the optimistic, post-colonial Western perspectives.

Underground proves to be a memory palace of sorts – the various spaces providing contact with history. Grasping objects from that world gives rise to rich collages of archival materials, personal statements, dreams and memories. In this way, the work – a collaboration between historians from various African countries and creative makers – poses the question: what is the true toll of progress? Screens together with To Miss the Ending within VR: Liminal Spaces, Wed 2 to Sun 6 June, 09:45-22:00, WORM UBIK, €12.

Directors
Francois Knoetze, Amy Louise Wilson
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
South Africa
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
15'
Medium
VR
Language
English
Producers
Ingrid Kopp, Steven Markovitz, Oulimata Gueye, Kyle Marais
Production Companies
Electric South Lab, Le Lieu Unique
Sales
Electric South Lab
Screenplay
Amy Louise Wilson, Joe-Yves Salankang Sa-Ngol
Sound Design
Joshua Chiundiza
Cast
Phedre Ngoua, Paurisia Muhigirwa
Website
https://francoisknoetze.com