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Costaguana Light Source, 2010
Costaguana Light Source, 2010

Costaguana Light Source, 2010

video, 4 mins

Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo" (1904), set in the fictional republic of Costaguana, describes the madness induced by the San Tome silver mine on its characters. Colonialism, capitalism, silver, desire and delirium coalesce around a characteristic style of adjectival uncertainty, like a heat haze.

David Lean's epic film adaptation of the novel, which was to be directed by Stephen Spielberg, begins in the dark with characters scrabbling for a source of light. It was never made as Lean died (1991) before shooting could begin. It is rumoured that Lean and Spielberg fell out over (amongst other things) Lean's desire to use silver itself as a reflective surface, providing the light source for scenes in the film.

This piece takes Lean's unfinished screenplay as a starting point, crossing out all text except for vague and indeterminate descriptions of place and sensation, and restaging the script for two characters, in the dark, scrabbling for a source of light.
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