‘Volva’ is the name the German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer Johannes Kepler gave to the earth when seen from the outer space in his text « Somnium », considered to be the first sci-fi book.
Astronomical observatories study a remote past, suspended in an indefinite time, without paying attention to its surroundings. Focused on the astronomical observatory of the “Pic du Midi” (a peak at the French Pyrenees) – technological architecture preserved of any noise or light pollution – this 16mm film reflects on the space-time relationship established between architecture, science and landscape.
In a solar chronology, the machines try to capture the surrounding environment as well as a series of waves that seem to be transmitted through the mountains and landscape in the distance. The absence of human form, the succession of mechanical movements, the direction of telescopes' gaze suggests a place artificially controlled, robotic. Views of both interior and exterior spaces confront the scene to a parallel and expanded space/time where it appears to be coming from. This is a new territory arising in between the architecture of the Peak and the surrounding landscape. The film is assembled around the possible movement of this space that would shift in different temporalities – past-present-future – and spaces at once. Captions on site and radio broadcasts of unknown provenance compose the film’s soundscape. By combining representations of reality, this experimental work explores the construction of the contemporary landscape and the role of the image in it.