An experimental documentary comprised of regional vignettes about faith, force, technology and exodus. Eleven parables relay histories of settlement, removal, technological breakthrough, violence, messianism and resistance, all occurring somewhere in the state of Illinois...
This video collage, showing urban space from Google Maps perspective mixed with shots of wild animals, is an impressive essay on the evolution of species. The wildlife, devastated by civilisation, adapts to new conditions and creates new environments and networks suitable for life – biotopes...
An animated miniature of the devastated wasteland of a metropolis is strikingly reminiscent of a war-themed computer game. The video refers to the notion of warfare and the collapse of order in popular culture and new media, and examines in detail the retroactive effect of these images on reality.
In our vision of the future, everyone has received a neuronal interface, also called a brainchip. This chip enables direct mental interaction with external computers...
One excerpt from a flow of Internet video news: a family is hiding behind a wall in a neighbourhood in Beirut, Lebanon that turned into a warzone. The compressed video is slowed down, enlarged, and gets a new soundscape. Additional dimensions are revealed in the scene, and a troubling contrast between imagery and content is created, leading to an unsettling affect: anxiety deconstructed into pixels.
The so-called raumplan, special space-structuring in the Muller's Villa in Prague, respecting function and symbolical importance of each room in the house, was Adolf Loos's specific understanding of functionalism. We build the Villa from thoughts: the film mirrors particular changes in mathematics, cinema and in the social role of media.
Hardcore techno music, repetitive loops of images from the 1955 movie ‘The Ten Commandments’, international TV news broadcasts of 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war in Lebanon, and a video documentation of a belly dancer in the desert, become an apocalyptic Middle East horror rave party, addressing Middle East war and myths representations of in Western media, and the fetishisation of images of war and religion in mass media.
In a flickering TV image we see a happy family on a beach, as 100 km away a girl frantically runs on a bombed beach in Gaza. The happy family is shown in a rapidly speeding stream of still images, while the girl is filmed in video, gradually taking over the screen, creating a growing impact of shock and horror, until the girl dissolves in TV noise and becomes a news report.
A work made while living in New York City. Two images appeared on my TV screen: An Israeli soldier being lynched in Ramallah, a Palestinian child and his father being fired at in Gaza. How can horror be constructed in words? It's a schizophrenic situation - two sides trapped in a cycle of violence. Being in a personal schizophrenic state as well, watching this in New York - not here nor there. Are these images real? Are any images real?
The combination of image manipulation and suggestive music turns journalistic footage of an extreme encounter between a young woman and a group of soldiers into a scene from a dramatic story. If the soldiers weren’t aiming their weapons at her, the choice of shots and the scene’s mood could almost be called romantic...
A radiant, raging girl is shouting and punching the empty space in front of her. She is roughly cut out from her surroundings by a computer algorithm struggling to contain her, and her enemies are erased from the frame. The work is based on a found YouTube video of a Palestinian girl resisting an Israeli soldier. The video-processing highlights the scene as image, both of a fight for freedom, and a media event.
Extremely loud and incredibly close.
Recent history dies out in the overgrown landscape of a former German military base where children are playing. Through performances by young protagonists and disturbing commentary that suggests that the innocence of the images isn’t what it appears to be, the film reflects on the phenomenon of violence and encourages us to learn from the past.
A town observed from the hill facing it is treated as an architectural model illuminated by the lights of a home interior. The sounds cancel the distance of the shot, amplifying the details of places and actions lit up by beams of light...
A video essay examining the consumption of information in the virtual environment and its influence on ethics and engagement. The subject wanders through an abandoned office building. Using reality broken down into pixels and the manifestation of text, he highlights the detachment, blindness, and alienation of man moving through social networks.
The filmmaker explores the principles of movement while dreaming, and constructs them outside of the world of dreams by inserting graphic elements into images from the real world and simulating the space of a computer game in the virtual world. As she passes through these fictional worlds, the main character takes on a real as well as animated form.
People’s limited view of the world often places the human perspective above the natural cycles. Visual details capture the egotism that often causes us to not see the essence of things, Together with an apt and uncompromising voiceover they call on us to become aware of the impact our actions have on our surroundings.
1982 is not a year, it is a number. It is the number of massacres that occurred in Colombia. Using a Hollywood film from 1919, the film is a portrait of distant and yet persistent peoples and individuals, an observation of the gesture that survives despite the blind light cast upon them by time, routine or indolence.
Excerpts from a television interview with Eugène Ionesco in an adaptation of his absurd story The Colonel’s Photograph, which is dominated by the motif of a swimming pool that conceals drowned bodies. The visual pun is a compilation of techniques: animation, video, 3D graphics, and text, which give the seemingly random scenes a sort of structure.
When making the film, the director got carried away by the environment of a botanical garden. By its aesthetic, the video reminds of the times when photographic technology was still shrouded in the mystery of black-and-white photography; the times that gave rise to many enigmatic films and inexplicable phenomena.
A flying saucer floats through the sky in black and white, creating the illusion of alien forces; upon taking a closer look, it’s obvious that it’s just a toy. The filmmaker examines the issue of videos spreading untruthful alarm messages using the same principles, highlighting the fine line between fact and fiction.
Vratislav Brabenec, a poet, musician, and gardener is the centre stage of a baroque western, an all embracing documentary film depicting a play while the play becomes a documentary: there are no limits to the human creativity, and thus it is possible for speculations about plans for a garden and misty poeticism about the train of love to stand at the same level with a theatre performance, which makes the film a blend of sensuality and metaphysical anxiety, thirst for life and the demonia of death and doom.
In this portrait, consisting of a collage of the works, archive materials, and creative images by one of Canada’s most expressive video artists, Colin Campbell (1942–2001), Mike Hoolboom looks for parallels with his own work. He addresses broader issues about video as a medium and includes interviews with Canadian artists. The end result is a non-traditional approach to film narrative.
In every battle it is the eyes that are the first to be subjugated.
Tacitus , Germania
This documentary found footage essay, made up of recycled video snippets, deals with the cold and detached depiction of war in the media and in cyberspace. During daily media operations, the terrifying, irrational, and monotonous machinery changes an event, giving it importance as needed...
An experimental western horror film set in Moravian Slovakia brings a new perspective to the legend of St. Wenceslas. Against the shabby backdrop of village merrymaking, the legendary Prince Boleslav, a wine-cellar zombie, fights with his brother over the nature of Czech statehood and a plate of tomato beef stew...
Facs of Life is a ﬁlm of conceptual/poetic dispositifs that charts trajectories of those affected by Gilles Deleuze’s laboratory of machinic thought at the Centre Expérimental Universitaire de Paris 8 – Vincennes (1969-1980).
To become an object of one own's intention.
"A film after film". A director goes to Sabinov, where the Oscar-winning film The Shop on Main Street was shot almost fifty years ago. He meets people connected to the film as well as others who remind him of various characters. A tribute to a particular film as well as to film as such.
This rousing video shows the essence of crowd mentality, the fury and the ecstasy; the visceral thrill of being part of something bigger than yourself.
Thomas Mohr took 1,853 photographs of the exhibition The Order of Time and Things in Museum Reina Sofia in Madrid, which exhibited artist Hanne Darboven's home studio. Rhythmically edited to her composition Requiem, op. 22, book 61, the photos and music pulsate.
While keeping in touch by phone, two protagonists live in a visually completely distinct universe. One is a drone pilot, the other works in an office. Flanet illustrates how technological progress changes the perspectives of human beings: people can share the same reality and still have totally different perceptions.
Stop-motion film Playground shows a battle between nature and culture, between organic ryegrass and artificial turf. American Football is played on rectangular fields, measuring 120 yards (110 meters) long and 160 feet (49 m) wide. These dimensions defined the framework for this film. Made with images found in Google Earth.
The story of our sad hero Eduard Kirchberger begins during the era of the First Czechoslovak Republic. Although he was not an actor, Eduard played different characters throughout his life. Karel Fabián (one of Kirchberger’s pseudonyms) changed with the world around him and did so to such an extent that his own daughters are unable to differ between the real memories of their father and those based just on his books...
The main topic of the video work ORTEM is the metro's traffic system, which creates a specific space and perception situation via its underground architecture.
Film essay about classical and postmodern supervision mechanisms.
Polyphony of tales by migrants who returned to their homeland after having spent many years abroad. This film proposes a haptic and sensorial evocation of lifestories and memories through filmic experimentations and traces of material culture.
INNI is Sigur Rós's second live film following 2007's hugely-celebrated “Heima”. Whereas that film positioned the enigmatic group in the context of their Icelandic homeland, providing geographical, social and historical perspectives on their otherworldly music, with uplifting results, “Inni” focusses purely on the band's performance...
While deploying a seemingly inexhaustible repertoire of optical effects, Scissere renders the experiences of a mental patient who wanders outside his institutional confines for the first time in many years. He imagines himself inside the sensibilities of three people he randomly spots at a bus station.
Two twins were separated at birth and grew up in Helsinki and Amsterdam without knowing each other, as part of a scientific experiment. The result is incredible: they have both become artists as adults, one is now older than the other - and they have maintained a mysterious telepathic connection...
Not a stage direction, but rather something very concrete is hidden behind the technical term. Something which betrays a little of the yearning for intelligent and playful dealings with the medium of short film...
A premonition of a horror film, lurking danger: A house – at night, slightly tilted in the camera´s view, eerily lit – surfaces from the pitch black, then sinks back into it again. A young woman begins to move slowly towards the building. She enters it. The film cuts crackle, the sound track grates, suppressed, smothered...
Parallel Space: Inter-View is made with a photo camera. A miniature photo 24 by 36mm is exactly the size of two film frames. Originally, I had a strict, formal concept. The visual space of the Renaissance locked in the optics of the film and still camera...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, according to his biographers (and his letters confirm this fact), was an extremely sensuous person, and Nachtstueck (Nocturne) was intended to refer to this aspect of his personality: We glide into "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" a bit, then abandon standardized paths of conventional representational film and encounter a few seconds of passionate sensory filmæan example of something I would like to call "physical cinema." The thesis: Herr Mozart would have enjoyed it.
In the darkroom, 50 unexposed film strips were laid across a surface, upon which a frame of "La sortie des Ouvrier de l´Usine Lumiére" was projected. The stringing together of the individual developed sections make up the new film, which reads the original frame like a page from a musical score: within the strips from top to bottom and sequentially from left to right.
On a weekend in June 1983, in what was deemed a "country outing," an impressive number of artists from Berlin went to a small village in Schleswig-Holstein; their intention was to give the local residents a taste of Berlin's avant-garde art. This event included presentations of dance, music, performance art, painting, land art and film...
A tangled network woven with tiny particles of movements broken out of found footage and compiled anew: the elements of the "to the left, to the right, back and forth" grammar of narrative space, discharged from all semantic burden. What remains is a self-sufficient swarm of splinters, fleeting vectors of lost direction, furrowed with the traces of the manual process of production.
The hero of Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine is easy to identify. Walking down the street unknowingly, he suddenly realizes that he is not only subject to the gruesome moods of several spectators but also at the mercy of the filmmaker...
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