Responses by Lukas Vojir, direction/design/motion.
Background: This commission is for Bath, United Kingdom–based architects Grant Associates through Fitzroy Hawk on behalf of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). This two-minute video installation is a meditative expression of nature for the semi-permanent installation at the Rewilding Garden and Flower Pavilion that is part of the horticultural exposition, Expo 2019 Beijing, held in China.
Reasoning: I revealed the intricate beauty of nature by using carefully choreographed computer simulation rendered in hyper-realistic style. Slow-moving motion and ambient music were chosen to provide soothing focal point and evoke a mesmerizing, meditative atmosphere in the physical space.
Challenges: Working towards a tight deadline using very complex simulations and high definition rendering.
Favorite details: From a technical point of view, the water sequence at the start of the film was very tricky to get right. I tried a lot of different approaches before settling on this one, which to me reveals a supernatural power of water to enable life.
Specific demands: Having a relatively straightforward brief with the five different “chapters” of the film defined right from the start definitely made it easier and more focused. The first chapter is “Water,” essential for all life. The second chapter is “Food for all,” intensifying food production using new horticultural techniques in harmony with nature’s rhythm. The third chapter is “Breathe,” the expression of clean air. The fourth chapter is “Green not Grey,” the therapeutic effect that greenery has on the mind, body and soul. The fifth chapter is “Reconnect,” which emphasizes positive correlations between human health, intelligence and nature.