Hagibis' provides an abstract impression of living with severe weather conditions in a rapidly changing climate. It was recorded while Japan's strongest typhoon in over 60 years passed over the mainland.
Hagibis was a large and powerful tropical cyclone that was considered to be the most devastating typhoon to hit the Kanto region of Japan since Ida in 1958. It left at least 90 people dead and a total of 87,896 houses were damaged or destroyed. In Tagalog the word Hagibis stands for ‘a sound produced by swift passing’. The storm did pass swiftly indeed and only the day after it started to become clear what heavy damage it had really done.
While Hagibis was passing over the mainland, I recorded the rather unsettling sounds audible inside my apartment (with doors and windows closed) and went searching for live stream surveillance images from ip cameras located in the typhoon zone. Working with these materials the short experimental documentary 'Hagibis' came to exist.
A Misantropoville production
by Jeroen Van der Stock
digital video, colour, 2020, 10'
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