Visual document of the abandoned, Arctic, Soviet utopia of Pyramiden featuring audio recorded on the world's northernmost grand piano. Single channel video with stereo sound, 12min. 15sec.

  • Derek Coté
  • Derek Coté
  • Derek Coté
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    experimental, short, document
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Svalbard and Jan Mayen
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  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival
    Hong Kong
    Asian Premiere
  • Venice Film Week
    Venice, Italy
    European Premiere
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Nomination: Best Original Idea, Nomination: Best Experimental Short
  • RVA Environmental Film Festival
    Richmond, VA
    North American Premiere
  • Ozark Shorts
    multiple cities
    United States
  • New York FIlm Week
    New York
    United States
    New York Premiere
    Best Experimental Film
  • Bloodstained Indie Film Festival
  • Sample:Mexico
    Mexico City/Aalto, Finland
    South American Premiere
Director Biography - Derek Coté

As a frustrated architect, explorer, and aspiring social examiner, Derek Coté received his MFA in sculpture and extended media at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Houston Center for Photography, Exit Art, AC Institute and Roebling Hall in New York City, Marmara University in Istanbul, Marc DePuechredon Gallery in Basel and Kunsthaus Rhenania in Cologne. Coté has received a professional artist fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, research and support grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Art. Additionally Coté and has been a resident artist at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The Arctic
Circle expedition and the Anchorage Museum’s Polar Lab.

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Director Statement

As a curious person, I am drawn to the documentary format for its narrative quality. But as a trained sculptor, I tend to look at the world in a structural and matter of fact manner. The films I am interested in making are scant documents of places that are on the fringe of society. 'Bardo:' is the first installment of a three film series based in the Arctic regions of a transforming planet.