The Green and Pleasant Land (2017)

Taking as its subject different perceptions of the British landscape, this short 13 minute animated film is a roaming exploration of national identity and collective history. Using a 3D model of the United Kingdom, a variety of visual scenarios – poignant, nostalgic and absurd – are enacted using a ‘live’ animation technique. These scenes draw directly on user comments found below the line of videos and online newspaper articles concerning the English and British countryside.

 

What emerges is a meditation on the British landscape – both as an imaginary vision and as a new world digitally constructed. The film ultimately questions place and identity. The Green and Pleasant Land is a site where opinion, memory, history and highly charged emotion are given form, and are opened up for discussion and critique.

The Green and Pleasant Land - Trailer

This film was commissioned by Arebyte gallery and developed through a residency. It was exhibited as part of their 2017 programme. It has been written about in the following articles and essays:

 

2017, ‘The Green and Pleasant Land’, (essay by Tom Jeffreys, commissioned to accompany the arebyte exhibition)

2017, ‘East End Exhibitions – Five of the Best for December’, Hackney Citizen (written by Andrew Barnes)

2017, ‘Crude Golden Age: A Comment on The Green and Pleasant Land by Max Colson’, Digicult (written by Filippo Lorenzin)

2017, London Art Journal blog (written by Giulia Pistone)

Installation photographs of The Green and Pleasant Land being screened at Arebyte gallery, London (2017).