They’ve explored pollution in the Urals, freight trains in China, and daily life in the world capital of fake news. Now the Dutch art crusaders have imagined Europe’s future – and it’s very medieval
On the way to meet the Dutch film-makers Metahaven, I have a very Metahaven experience. The Eurostar from London to Amsterdam grinds to a halt almost as soon as it crosses the border into the Netherlands. It sits stranded on the high-speed track for two hours before smoke starts billowing from the train. A voice is heard over the intercom: “Don’t worry,” it says, “it’s just the brakes.”
The scene could come from the duo’s own work, which these days focuses on late capitalism in which traditional forms of authority have broken down, online platforms have stolen our attention and seemingly advanced systems – like rail networks – are forever glitching.