17000 Islands is an interactive documentary experiment in image making. Set in the Indonesian museum park called Taman Mini Indonesia Indah or Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park – a manicured synopsis of the country’s 17,000 islands – the project explores models of reality by looking at how an image of a nation is created and how documentary filmmaking takes part in this process.
Taman Mini was built by the Suharto regime in the 1970s to represent the idea of a diverse country living in harmony under a national ideology – regardless of the opposite reality. In 1998, the corrupt regime was overturned but the park remains open and popular. While the majority of people see it simply as an amusement park, to some it represents a painful manifestation of past militarist and conformist propaganda.
Fascinated by this idealized representation of culture, directors Edwin and Thomas Østbye set out with a camera to capture life unfolding within this controlled setting. Their film is presented here as an archipelago of impressions.
Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.
RECIPIENT COLLECTIVE is a collective, based in Milan, consisting of freelance professionals with rich and extensive areas of expertise which include multimedia communication and Audio/Video productions with in-depth knowledge at technical and operational level on artistic and commercial, as well as aesthetic-creative projects.