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Paradise Recollected

Jasper Rigole


The film Paradise Recollected (2008) is com­piled out of archive mate­r­i­al from The International Institute for the Conservation, Archiving and Distribution of Other people’s Memories. This archive con­sists main­ly of found 8mm films, sourced from flea mar­kets and garage sales. These are ama­teur films, trav­el­ogues and fam­i­ly doc­u­ments whose main pur­pose is to remem­ber cer­tain occa­sions. Paradise Recollected takes a Medieval descrip­tion of the land of Cockaigne as a start­ing point. This anony­mous, Middle Dutch text describes a dream­land which is the basis for lat­er descrip­tions of the land of plen­ty. In the film, the inter­nal log­ic of this fic­tive coun­try is linked to the typ­i­cal ele­ments which give the fam­i­ly home movie it’s own lan­guage. IICADOM​.org



  • Film
    Jasper Rigole
  • Sounds
    Heleen Van Haegenborgh