27 Years of Lazarian Delights
Speculation, Short Film
Over the course of 27 years an ambitious explorer finds himself in a distant solar system. A wondrous journey ensues; an experience beyond the frontier of his wildest imagination. His only certainties: an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a hedonistic - even reckless - joy in novelty.
The air lingers amidst the flaky surfaces of a moist, cavernous chamber. On planet M2 alien lifeforms dwell within vast mineral structures. Ecosystems shift from wet and cold to the unbearably hot. On M3 a landscape of seemingly endless conflagration causes breathing to falter. Yet the discovery of an entire civilization eventually outweighs every risk taken. A flowing cycle of energy is the backbone of the sentient species the explorer stumbles across. Rescued from the inferno, he dedicates his time to studying their paradise, M1; home to vast crystal mines and marvelous bell-towers resonating with life itself.
Like Lazarus he returns, sharing but a morsel from this mesmerising odyssey into the unknown. His footage, data and artefacts are to tantalise the senses. The barriers of the mind will be broken and the lethargy of earthly existence shall fall away. Enter the delights of SomniaXYZ.
Chong Yan Chuah
Awards and Festivals
Summer Show, Royal Academy of the Arts. 2018