And yet the very density of the network of global communication, the very accessibility of foreign lands, directly or indirectly, intensified the confrontation and the intermingling of the western and exotic worlds.

­E.J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Empire, 1987
as quoted by David Toop, Exotica, 1999

Exotica! is a project initiated by Suzanne van der Lingen and David Young. It takes representations of exotic landscapes and indigenous cultures in 1950’s Hollywood cinema as its focal point, highlighting the depicted jungles and the perpetually circling characters within them as recurring naive cultural tropes. The project has taken several forms: a video installation produced and edited by Suzanne van der Lingen, and a printed and online publication with contributions by Claire Walsh and Dave Young.

The project was exhibited as part of the ‘Masters of the Multiverse: MFA Degree Show 2014’ exhibition at Edinburgh College of Art, May 23 – June 1, 2014.