How the Mountain Escaped
Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduation Project
How the Mountain Escaped (HME) interrogates the flexibility of bodies, identities and the environment. A group of ‘radical’ youths plan to destroy their home by targeting a nearby mountain. The mountain functions as a shifting metaphor for the natural landscape, the cityscape, colonialism, mega-architecture and the human body. The characters navigate this terrain and attempt to assert their collective identity, idealism and politics on the environment. The futility of this struggle exposes the absurdity and contradiction that lies at the heart of their utopian idealism. While they still indulge a desperate need to act, central to their belief system is an acknowledgment of the insignificance of their actions from the indifferent perspective of the natural world. HME has been a part of a larger investigation into radical alternatives and traditional social structures. This project has been influenced by local and global media narratives that exert an influence on the younger generation’s continual agenda of cultural reformation within a liberal, capitalist society.