7″ color and sound (2020)
Introduced by Manuela Cabrales
Love’s Alternation (2020) is a 7 minutes, color and sound, single-channel video by Léa Colombier which depicts what would be a love relationship in a post-apocalyptic world. The science fiction film takes place in an environment that does not yet exist, deprived of any kind of living thing except that of the humans and the parasites.
Thereupon, the video narrates how humans fall in love with parasites as the ultimate relationship between humans and animals in a world totally deserted.
MC : The video starts giving the viewer the sense of a place, the Earth totally desolated, with a background voice that says repeatedly “ your landscape looks like shit, everything I can see looks like shit ”. Then we listen to the same voice asking “ what are you people doing to compensate ? ”.
Who is this external figure that is watching the planet from the outside?
And how is this first part of the video related to the society of today ?
LC : This video offers a poetic experience that resonates with contemporary preoccupations around the notion of an apocalyptic anticipation and the survival of our relationship with nature.
There is an unknown external figure, that we do not know who is but that however allows us to become aware of a deserted land, that refers to the Anthropocene : the geological age where humans are the dominant influence in the course of nature. The only inhabitants who remained in this deserted world are humans and parasites that decided to opt for a new form of love due to the lack of options for getting closer to the nature that remains.
Traveling through strange environments, there is this notion that loneliness is a social phenomenon in our present society. As well as dealing with the problem of resilience, survival, in relation to the world and to our relationship towards nature. How to deal with the loneliness on a ravaged land is one of the issues that the video aims to show.
MC : The time passing in your video reflects the growing love affair between parasites and humans. We see this transition through the voices of people that are giving their testimonies similarly to the ones given in a documentary or a medical appointment. Why did you choose this specific testimonial style to transmit the passage of time ?
LC : Mysterious narrators accompany us during the scenes, we don’t really know who they are, what we know is that they are some of the last living things that remain in a desolate world. There are voices of different people narrating how they fell in love with parasites. The narrations are full of a melancholic beauty, remembering the world of the past and at the same time knowing that to fall in love with parasites is a matter of life or death. In order to better observe their behaviors and interactions, the parasite, in the end, becomes a prosopopoeia. A hybrid film that ecologically questions our world, and the main human state of feeling, which is love. There are different sounds, voices, that finally represent a single common voice. The voices aim to represent the two possible states of humans in this world: the one who is already in love with the parasite, which took the decision to live, and love, and the other, who is still observing and moving around the desert planet, asking about the concerns of the last inhabitants:
“ What new form of love, of life, is possible ? ”