The Island – The Movie is recorded between 2013-2023 in Maldives, Sri Lanka, Australia, Sweden and Denmark. It is the story of an island looking for a place to stay, and people help it on its journey through various landscapes.
First, the sunken island is rescued by divers, transported on a boat and then carried by people. The island gets a lift on a tuk-tuk in the jungle and a jeep through the desert. When stuck on a giant salt lake, the island practises flying and finally takes off over a sand dune in the desert.
The island is an 8-meter-long inflatable sculpture created by Søren Dahlgaard. It consists of nylon rip-stock, the same material used for parachutes and hot air balloons, and an airfan. While the island is a playful object that activates play and participation, it is, at the same time, an art project that highlights issues of climate change and climate migration.
Directed and recorded by Søren Dahlgaard.
Nicolai Franzen recorded the island parade in Viborg.
Edited by Meir Tati.
The Danish Arts Council and Bikubenfonden have supported the project.
The Island in Landscapes
Fuppidhoo is visiting different landscapes around the world in an ongoing photo series, which started at the Venice Biennale in 2013, where the Inflatable Island was first shown as part of The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show. Since Venice, The Inflatable Island has travelled through landscapes while taking part in exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia, USA, China, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Israel, Switzerland, Morocco, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Spain and The Netherlands.
The island acts as a sculptural prop representing the climate refugees from the Maldives and elsewhere, who most likely will need to find a new home sometime soon. The inflatable island further sits in the context of art and ecology and the history of land art from the 1960-70s in that the island represents a piece of the land (Maldives) and suggests some radical transformation is required to adapt to the new conditions brought by climate change and humanities impact on the planet.
As the island travels in the new geological era known as The Anthropocene (shaped by humans) landscape, will it find a new home in any of these foreign lands? And will it be welcomed?
The Inflatable Island – Fuppidhoo has been shown at The United Nations Head Quarters, New York City, MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology Lisbon, Portugal, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Skovgaard Museet Viborg, Copenhagen Airport, The Israeli Centre for Digital Art, Holon, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, ColomboScope Arts Festival, Sri Lanka, Displacement conferences in Geneva and Marrakesh, and the Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China.