The Green and Pleasant Land (2017)
Taking as its subject different perceptions of the British landscape, this short animated film is a roaming exploration of national identity and collective history set in a post-Brexit environment. 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 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 with support from Arts Council England. It was exhibited as part of Arebyte’s 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)