created by John Sanborn
The National Museum of Qatar
Opened March 27, 2019
directed by John Sanborn
Soundtrack by Christen Lien and David Van Tieghem
8:02 (presented as a loop)
30 video channels on 30 screens of various sizes
14 channel audio mix
Commissioned by The National Museum of Qatar
Permanent Installation – opened March 27, 2019
To change the world you must have vision, courage and the will to succeed.
With what appears to be alchemy - but is actually a blend of pioneering science, innovative investment and intense dedication - the vision of the Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani – has become a reality.
Alchemy celebrates the remarkable daring and enormous benefits of Qatar’s development of Liquid Natural Gas as a resource for the world. The work conveys the beauty and majesty of this achievement, in ingenious and poetic form; beginning with a mysterious unknown, continuing through three choreographic stages, and ending with a smile of recognition.
You cannot touch it, smell it or taste it – but when you want to boil an egg, heat your house or light your way – it’s there. We never think about how things manage to get done, but in this case the consideration is on a mythic scale.
Produced by the Doha Film Institute
Edited with Heloise Roueau and Roger Jones
Technical Direction by Dean Winkler and Roger Jones
CGI by Nice Shoes, New York