An Invitation to Disappear

An Invitation to Disappear, Video Still, 2018



Shot in Southeast Asia, Julian Charrère’s new film An Invitation to Disappear records a psycho-social transcendent rave set in the fields of a monoculture palm oil plantation. A linear camera shot through nauseatingly infinite rows of trees is underpinned by the mesmerizing pulse of natural sounds and techno beats, developed together with the British DJ and producer Inland. The film al-so marks the first outcome of the artist’s collaboration with philosopher Dehlia Hannah, respond-ing to the 200th anniversary of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia that plunged world into darkness and weather extremes—a climate cooling crisis remembered in Europe as the “year without a sum-mer.” The delirium of the rave feels increasingly alienating within the man-made grid of the planta-tion, culminating in feelings of unease competing with the temptation of intrigue. Fog, flashing strobes, and overwhelming sounds turn the palm grove into a melancholic party zone in which the lack of people only exacerbates the dystopian vibe.

An Invitation to Disappear, Video Stills, 2018