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Video Film

Author: Toni Meštrović
Sound Composition: Hannes Hölzl
Producer: Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Country of production: Germany / Croatia
Year of production: June, 2004 (2002-2004)
Running time: 17 min, 35 sec
Aspect ratio: Anamorphic 16:9 (1.778)
Video: PAL, color
Audio: DTS 5.1 Surround Sound, PCM 2.0 Stereo Sound
Screening formats: Digibeta, Beta SP, DVD


The sea as a perceptual phenomenon is the subject of my artistic exploration in the video work “Abyssos”. It is an attempt to recreate the sea medially as a visual and audible entity that exists in my memory and my perception.

As a point of departure I looked at the word Abyssos (bottomless), which is a synonym for dark infinities and primal chaos. It was important for me to create a work, with the intention to open up the space between conscious and unconscious perception.

In the video I depicted the very broad and many-sided ‘communication’ with the sea, by utilizing my water and underwater video and sound recordings taken over the two years around the island in Croatia where I come from.

The original underwater footage is combined with the images and sounds that have been manipulated through digital processing technology. Like a kind of a feedback system, “real” imagery (original video footage) is intertwined with artificial imagery (manipulated footage and 3D imagery).

Underwater sound recordings containing obscure verbal transmissions – those of human voices and fragments of conversations - play an important role in this work. These transmissions were captured accidentally by a hydrophone at a location in Dalmatia three nautical miles removed from the presence of man.

These recordings present a metaphoric view of the sea as a medium that represents communication and collective world memory. Through this idea of connectivity, the work highlights the rhythms and loops of sounds and images occurring in the natural environment.


Exhibitions and screenings:

2009 18. dokumentART - European Film Festival for Documentaries, National Museum, Szczecin, Poland

2007 12th International Festival of New Film, Split, Croatia

2007 “21000: Prvi iza”, CK13, Novi Sad, Serbia

2005 “Abyssos”, Galerija umjetnina, Split, Croatia

2005 2nd Video Festival Natures, Bežigrajska galerija 2, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2004 “Abyssos”, Experimental Program PILOT 04, Studio of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia