Fritz Haeg: Animal Estates, Rotterdam
This comes by way of Chloë Roubert. It is 29 minutes, a series of still camera placements of the industrial landscape of Rotterdam – many look like stills until something moves and one realises one has been watching a film. The voice-over and subtitles are dry readings from what sounds like a business report on wildlife in the port area. It is a perfect example of how to pull out all the emotional manipulation connected to environmental issues to present something so flat, so plain, that it is completely rivetting.
Fritz Haeg's Animal Estates, nine so far, acknowledge the animals that live in urban and industrial environments with the ultimate goal of making these environments more accommodating for them.