JAMES TURRELL, a former pilot and a leading American Land Art figure, sees the sky as his studio. With «MEETING», based on an enclosed room open to the sky, he began a series of works making distinctive use of natural light and space. «RODEN CRATER», his masterwork, revolves around an extinct volcano he bought in the Painted Desert in Arizona, home of the Pueblo Indians. There he has set out to create an «OBSERVATORY» of light coming from the sky, thus forging a spiritual link with the Hopi people.
The film provides a unique sensory experience: that of the work «MEETING», filmed from inside. The use of the frame by frame process allows the viewer to experience the effects of light characteristic of the TURRELL oeuvre.
In other spectacular images shot in Arizona’s volcanic PAINTED DESERT region, the voice of JAMES TURRELL resounds between crater, sky and desert as he overflies in his plane. He speaks of his formal research into light – his visual quest – and his friendship with the Hopi people and Gene SEKAQUAPTEWA, chief of the Eagles clan.
PASSAGEWAYS is an introduction to the work of JAMES TURRELL. It calls on the viewer to delve deeper into the oeuvre and its origins in the meeting between the Hopi cosmogony and an artistic agenda.