Over the course of a year, Peak observes this production process in the Alps and uncovers what is usually hidden from the winter tourists beneath a thick blanket of artificial snow. The film shows the landscapes’ modifications and the inextinguishable traces that these invasions leave behind. Peak questions the relationship between nature and technology. How artificial is a landscape allowed to be? Or – to put it differently – how artificial must it look in order to fulfil and justify our archaic desire for paradise on earth?
Peak opens with giant tableaus and wide panoramas. Majestic mountain tops and valleys as far as any eye can see. Nature in all its grandeur. Then suddenly from nowhere people emerge. Skiers. Tourists. And the following images show humans using great and strange machines to transform nature. Some humans use nature for recreational purposes, others as a means of production. The interaction with nature is beyond understanding. Three tons of explosives are used to blow away rocks from the mountains. Snow guns are developed and modified to create a growing demand for tons of artificial snow. A re-creation of a nature that is vanishing.
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