Exploring Imaginary Geographies

Surreal Scania investigates how aura and attraction are connected to different places. Filmmaker Anders Weberg and cultural analysist Robert Willim visited various points within Scania, in Sweden. On the different locations video material was collected, then used as the raw material for short films which are now available for download.

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The films can be seen as comments to process of place marketing and branding. In choosing the places, the aim has been to mix tourist attractions and locations off the beaten track. In the digital manipulations, the visual raw material is transformed to highlight a dreamlike and surreal imaginary geography.

All the films are accompanied with files containing the exact geographical coordinates for the different places. By using Google Earth it is possible to view aerial photos of the points represented in the different films. Using a GPS-unit it is also possible to visit the locations where the material was shot. And as the films are provided in various file formats, it is possible to enjoy the filmic representations on the very spots where the material was filmed. In this way the imaginary can be compared to the real. But what is real or imaginary? With Surreal Scania we want to explore different visual representation techniques, and we also want to recognise the fact that our imagination has an important role in forming the experiences of these locations.

Via Random.